Angela Merkel calls for a ‘real, true’ European army

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"Memory is short nowadays in Brussels and the capitals but, people here present, you are aware of who launched this idea". Tuesday's speech was notable, however, in that it came just hours after aggressive comments by U.S. President Donald Trump, who launched a tirade against France via Twitter Tuesday morning.

"And that means that, if we Europeans want to survive as a community, we must take our fate more decisively into our own hands".

After spending much of the past weekend in Paris together, in what can be reasonably called a failed diplomatic reset, Trump hit at Macron's suggestion of a joint European military force created to protect European countries from a threat of the United States, China and Russian Federation. He earlier said Europe has to protect itself with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America.

On Sunday, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that any European army "will have to align with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces" and not be in opposition to or in competition with United States forces. In the European Union parliament on Tuesday, she went a step further, telling deputies they need to adapt to a world in which Europe's traditional allies may no longer guarantee the continent's security.

On Tuesday Trump took aim at Macron again, blasting France over its near-defeat to Germany in two world wars, its wine industry and Macron's approval ratings. They were starting to learn German in Paris before the USA came along.


The election of Mr Trump to the White House appears to have given more urgency to the cause of boosting the EU's defence capabilities, with leaders warning they can not simply rely on the United States. However, EU and French officials said was a misunderstanding. "So I think Brexit becomes a necessity after this".

There has always been a desire among ardent Europhiles for a more federalised EU.

Although the topic of a common European defence framework has been discussed for years and some joint European defence units already exist - a Franco-German brigade, for instance, was present at the recent centennial Paris commemorations of the end of World War I in Paris - most European leaders usually deny that their goal is to create a full-fledged European army.

France has proposed the initial launch of a European intervention force backed by a small group of member states to handle crises in regions such as Africa, which could later be expanded into a European army.

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