posted on Nov, 19 2004 @ 03:26 PM
This 11 battle groups are still just for peace keeping, protection against genocides and possible can be even used in small numbers on some disaster,
as you read most of em try to specialize on some of the areas.
165.000 troops from over 350 million people cant be yet called EU's army, all countrys still run their own military on the backround, those are just
hopely most cases some of the best educated troops who qualify on ethical standars to represent EU's policy in foreign territory if ever crisis occur
that need intervention.
What already has been found that UN troops been mostly helpless on crisis area as seen in Kosovo, UN troops sitting in base while Serbs take Albanians
right front of em to sure death. Current deployed forces should remove that possibility. Isnt it NATO (mostly US) troops that are needed in most
scenarios when UN is somewhere they call NATO for help.
Its well known that French try to run for more militaristic EU forces beyond such scenarios, i doubt such will happen very fast if ever.