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The European Union needs its own army to face up to Russia and other threats, as well as to restore the bloc's standing around the world, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told a German newspaper yesterday (8 March).
Arguing that NATO was not enough because not all members of the transatlantic defense alliance are in the EU, Juncker said a common EU army would send important signals to the world.
"A joint EU army would show the world that there would never again be a war between EU countries," Juncker told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper. "Such an army would also help us to form common foreign and security policies and allow Europe to take on responsibility in the world."
"In the nuclear age extra armies do not provide any additional security", said first deputy chairman of the United Russia faction in the State Duma, Frants Klintsevich
He recalled that the idea of creating a European army had never occurred to anyone even in the years of the acute confrontation between NATO and the Warsaw Treaty Organization.
"These days, when the Warsaw Treaty is long gone, for some reason there has developed a need for that," he wondered.
"One should presume that a European army is seen as an addendum to NATO. And in this kind of situation Western politicians are not shy to accuse Russia of some aggressiveness," Klintsevich said.
is just bs, we have no nuclears now and with a joined army we would, so...
leave Germany defenseless against the Russia as there would be only two nuclear powers UK and France.
originally posted by: Peeple
Don't know where in Europe you are from, but I am assuming Britain?
Don't worry you guys are out and won't be missed anyways. Nobody with a working mind would count on England to put continental Europe over their close relationships with other parts of the former common wealth. You already are not part of the Union. So if the rising water levels will swallow the poor tiny island: swim to the west.
originally posted by: Cobaltic1978
Dare we leave the E.U if they do form an Army? Will they see it as a sign of aggression, daring to leave the gravy train and compete with them?
I think an EU army is needed because of the issue of troop deployment in different countries. Germany doesn't want to deploy troops in Poland, France doesn't want to deploy troops in Latvia, etc. With an EU military they can be deployed wherever the threat is located. It really helps the many small countries that have a small military.
Next step in EU integration.
originally posted by: grainofsand
Hahaha, brilliant, good luck with your EU masters and your new army to control you, I'm glad us Brit's aren't as wrapped up in it as the Eurozone folk are. The UK will survive out of the EU if that happens, have no fear.