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posted on Sep, 22 2012 @ 05:50 AM
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GERMANY, France and nine of Europe's most powerful countries have called for European army, an elected European Union president and an end to Britain's veto over defence policy, in radical vision for the ''future of Europe''.

The plan was backed by Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Holland, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg and Portugal

The proposals also demand an end to countries being able to veto initiatives, aimed at preventing the UK which opposes a European army being able to block its creation.



In order to ''prevent one single member state from being able to obstruct initiatives'', a reference to British opposition to a European army, the German-led group demanded an end to existing national vetoes over foreign and defence policy.

This would give the EU the power to impose a decision on Britain if it was supported by a majority of other countries.

Sydney Morning Herald.


The EU has the largest economy in the world, has a population of 500 million people and is the largest trading block in the world.

A European army would allow it to protect its interests globally and translate its economic power into real geo-political leverage. I'm British but with the waning global clout of individual European nations, I feel such a move is long over-due.

A new superpower on the block however may tread on the toes of both China and the USA.




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posted on Sep, 22 2012 @ 06:04 AM
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It is about time this happened. Europe has a shared and very bloody history.It would be nice to see us working together. The US made a sham in Kosovo it would be good to see such matters dealt with internally..



posted on Sep, 22 2012 @ 06:05 AM
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Had to laugh at the quote about stopping one member blocking things,does this include wars for the nice new army?Hopefully the u.k. has nothing to do with it,we want out of the bloody e.u. not to be enslaved by an army who answer to people who want to force us to accept new 'initiaves'.



posted on Sep, 22 2012 @ 06:10 AM
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Originally posted by glen200376
Had to laugh at the quote about stopping one member blocking things,does this include wars for the nice new army?Hopefully the u.k. has nothing to do with it,we want out of the bloody e.u. not to be enslaved by an army who answer to people who want to force us to accept new 'initiaves'.


I must admit that I support an EU army despite being British.

On the other hand, the EU set up we have at the moment is a huge gravy train. For the last 17 years, the Court of Auditors has refused to sign off the EU accounts



posted on Sep, 22 2012 @ 06:10 AM
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prevent one single member state from being able to obstruct initiatives


So it is an inside army to force any member state to its obligations.
Sounds like the build up of another form of pressure by the ESM.


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posted on Sep, 22 2012 @ 06:11 AM
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Didn't Germany try this in the 1930's and 40's?

Instead of bullets and bombs now they use spreadsheets and budgets.



posted on Sep, 22 2012 @ 06:17 AM
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we can hardly pay for the soldiers we have and have been getting rid of them .no doubt this will mean lots more pounds to the e.u. and paying for foreign soldiers.
I don't want foreign soldiers here which they would most likely do.Funny how this happens when their has been more talk of a in out referendum on Europe.



posted on Sep, 22 2012 @ 06:18 AM
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The US made a sham in Kosovo


Even more despicable was the covert US arms dealings against the UN embargo.



posted on Sep, 22 2012 @ 06:19 AM
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Originally posted by beezzer
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Didn't Germany try this in the 1930's and 40's?

Instead of bullets and bombs now they use spreadsheets and budgets.


Actually, Germany's population is projected to be surpassed by both France and the UK by 2060. The UK is predicted to be the most populous country in the EU, so it is unlikely that Germany will dominate Europe in the future.


The survey predicts that Britain's population by 2060 will increase by 25% from the current figure of just over 61 million to almost 77 million.

Germany is the biggest country in the EU, with more than 82 million people, but it is likely to shed almost 12 million by 2060, says the report. The widely praised family policies and support of working women in France means that the French population will rise to almost 72 million by 2060.

By 2060, the population of major European countries will be:

UK 77 million
France 72
Germany 71
Italy 59
Spain 52

The Gaurdian


The future of the EU isn't German.
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posted on Sep, 22 2012 @ 06:21 AM
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Originally posted by ollncasino
GERMANY, France and nine of Europe's most powerful countries have called for European army, an elected European Union president and an end to Britain's veto over defence policy, in radical vision for the ''future of Europe''.

The plan was backed by Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Holland, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg and Portugal

The proposals also demand an end to countries being able to veto initiatives, aimed at preventing the UK which opposes a European army being able to block its creation.



In order to ''prevent one single member state from being able to obstruct initiatives'', a reference to British opposition to a European army, the German-led group demanded an end to existing national vetoes over foreign and defence policy.

This would give the EU the power to impose a decision on Britain if it was supported by a majority of other countries.

Sydney Morning Herald.


The EU has the largest economy in the world, has a population of 500 million people and is the largest trading block in the world.

A European army would allow it to protect its interests globally and translate its economic power into real geo-political leverage. I'm British but with the waning global clout of individual European nations, I feel such a move is long over-due.

A new superpower on the block however may tread on the toes of both China and the USA.




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No wonder the UK opposes such a force, we had to save Europe from one, twice in the last hundred years.



posted on Sep, 22 2012 @ 06:22 AM
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Originally posted by glen200376

we can hardly pay for the soldiers we have and have been getting rid of them .no doubt this will mean lots more pounds to the e.u. and paying for foreign soldiers.


Yet we have plenty of money to fund overseas aid.


Originally posted by glen200376
I don't want foreign soldiers here which they would most likely do.


I suspect that individual divisions would be based on national grounds and be based in their home countries.



posted on Sep, 22 2012 @ 06:23 AM
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Originally posted by ollncasino


The future of the EU isn't German.
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But will the other nations future be theirs?



posted on Sep, 22 2012 @ 06:25 AM
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Originally posted by glen200376
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we can hardly pay for the soldiers we have and have been getting rid of them .no doubt this will mean lots more pounds to the e.u. and paying for foreign soldiers.
I don't want foreign soldiers here which they would most likely do.Funny how this happens when their has been more talk of a in out referendum on Europe.


No it will mean savings. As the military can be streamlined and a lot of money will be saved..



posted on Sep, 22 2012 @ 06:28 AM
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No wonder the UK opposes such a force, we had to save Europe from one, twice in the last hundred years.


The reason the UK opposes such a force is because the US does and the UK is Americas poodle atm....Please tell me when the UK last saved Europe for a European army...?



posted on Sep, 22 2012 @ 06:28 AM
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posted on Sep, 22 2012 @ 06:29 AM
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I haven't given this a lot of thought so this isn't my considered opinion...just shooting the breeze.

My first thoughts see a lot of difficulties in the idea. For example, the infrastructure would need a monstrous level of bureaucracy to get over the regional, political and language differences. An army run by committee sounds doomed to fail! Also there are 'armies' and there are armies. Some nations have far better forces than others and wouldn't enjoy being in theatre with those who have a bad reputation, bad training and crap equipment.

On the positive side, Britain has jumped into one or two US-led wars that I didn't agree with. By being part of a Euro Army, we'd be more tied to the EU Human Rights legislation and make the UN more of an authority rather than just a choice. I'm not keen on having a missile ring pointing at Russia and the ME either and perhaps an EU Army would remove the need for that system?

The way to ease tensions between the US, China, Russia and the ME isn't by ramping up defences and using proxy hostilities; it's going to be by negotiation and balances of power. Maybe having this type of army would help that process?



posted on Sep, 22 2012 @ 06:36 AM
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Do you seriously believe it would save money? If it would Cameron and Co would love it.The e.u has proved over and over it can't be trusted with money.
In fact it can't be trusted full stop.Just think of the nice e.e.c. in the 70s,nothing like what we have forced on us now,why would this be different?



posted on Sep, 22 2012 @ 06:39 AM
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Originally posted by Kandinsky
My first thoughts see a lot of difficulties in the idea. For example, the infrastructure would need a monstrous level of bureaucracy to get over the regional, political and language differences. An army run by committee sounds doomed to fail! Also there are 'armies' and there are armies. Some nations have far better forces than others and wouldn't enjoy being in theatre with those who have a bad reputation, bad training and crap equipment.


A unified EU army must surely be an improvement, in terms of effectiveness, than a coalition of national armies with distinct doctrines, tactics, weapons, logistical systems and command structures?


Originally posted by Kandinsky
I'm not keen on having a missile ring pointing at Russia and the ME either and perhaps an EU Army would remove the need for that system?

The way to ease tensions between the US, China, Russia and the ME isn't by ramping up defences and using proxy hostilities; it's going to be by negotiation and balances of power. Maybe having this type of army would help that process?


Walk quietly with a large stick?

A unified EU in conjunction with the USA would also perhaps help to prove that there is plenty of geo-politcal life left in Western civilization yet.



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posted on Sep, 22 2012 @ 06:43 AM
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I can't argue with that.



posted on Sep, 22 2012 @ 06:47 AM
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Originally posted by glen200376
Do you seriously believe it would save money? If it would Cameron and Co would love it.The e.u has proved over and over it can't be trusted with money.

In fact it can't be trusted full stop.Just think of the nice e.e.c. in the 70s,nothing like what we have forced on us now,why would this be different?


I am no fan of the current EU. The fact remains however that the UK and other European countries are in relative decline in terms of population and economic power.

When the UK was at its peak as superpower, it controlled about 37% of the world's GDP. It is now 3.4% Wiki. In the last 30 years the UK's share of world GDP has dropped by a third.

In 1950, the Europe population was about 20% of the world population. In 2010 this had dropped to 10%. It is projected to drop much further, perhaps below 5%.

If Europe doesn't unite, it may not be just the USA pushing us rather gently around. It may be China with its boot to our throat.



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