EU army inevitable, says senior German official

German Infantry on a training exercise at the Bergen-Hohne Training Area.

The Telegraph,

One of Germany’s most senior defence officials has become the latest to add his voice to calls for a European army.

Hans-Peter Bartels, Germany’s national defence commissioner, on Monday called for Nato’s EU members to organise their militaries into a single force.

“In the end, there will be a European army,” he said.

His comments, on the same day Brexit talks formally began, are a sign the rest of the EU is preparing to press ahead with further defence integration.

Article 50 negotiations began on Monday.

Britain has repeatedly blocked plans for an integrated European defence policy, but other member states have warned it cannot expect to have a say in the issue post-Brexit.

There have been growing calls for a single European defence policy in the wake of Donald Trump’s comments that Nato is “obsolete”.

At a Nato summit last month President Trump publicly lectured European leaders on the need to pay more towards the cost of their defence.

Donald Trump has called on Nato members to pay more.

“We are currently disorganised, technically fragmented and duplicate structures unnecesarily,” Mr Bartels said.

“We do not want to go down the solitary national path any more. Not in Germany, not in the Netherlands, not in the Czech Republic and not in Italy.”

France and Germany have led calls for a European army. The Netherlands and Germany have already merged some units, while the Czech Republic and Romania have expressed interest.

“Every step in the right direction is important,” Mr Bartels, an official appointed by the German parliament to oversee the military said.

A soldier of the 11th Dutch Air Manoeuvre Brigade performs a training exercise in Schwaarsbergen, Netherlands. The Dutch have already integrated some units into the German army.

 

 

 

 

12 thoughts on “EU army inevitable, says senior German official”

    1. In essence, yes GP. I don’t think it will be anything like WW2 though. Germany has the biggest economy in Europe, the German’s believe that they can organize people a lot better than single nation states can. The idea of an EU army is being discussed right now. It may take decades to happen, but it will happen. The likelihood is that it will make the Russians more jumpy than anyone else, Russia lost 30 million people in the second world war – and they have long memories.

  1. I have always had mixed feelings about Euro-Army. On the one hand any political alliance has to have something tangible to protect but integrating the EU’s Armies in to a single force is problematic at best and at worst would dilute a nation’s soverignty. On the other hand now that the UK is pulling out of the EU, let them carry on. If they disliked NATO’s requirements then they will all turn on one another with EU requirements which lets be honest is going to be controlled by either France or Germany and primarily serve their interests.

    1. The Czechs, Bulgarians and Romanians seem really keen. The French would like an equal partnership with the German’s and I’m sure other nations will want to be a part of it once it starts.

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