Published: Thu, November 15, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Merkel Echoes Macron in Call for a European Army to Complement NATO

Merkel Echoes Macron in Call for a European Army to Complement NATO

The European Commission has previously said existing closer defence co-operation "is not about creating an EU army".

GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday called for a "real, true European Army" despite claims by Remain during the EU Referendum that there would never be such a thing.

Merkel insisted that an EU army wouldn't undermine North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, but her remarks to the European Parliament were met with a combination of applause and dissent.

"The times when we could unconditionally rely on others are over", she added.

"To me, Merkel's warmongering speech - which was made just over 48 hours after Europe marked the centenary of the Great War Armistice- is nothing less than shameless warmongering that aims to pit the whole of Europe against traditional allies such as the US".

On Tuesday, Ms. Merkel reiterated Europe must continue to look inward for its collective defense.

Much has been achieved over past decades in the road to gender equality, Merkel said, pointing out that a woman is no longer laughed at if she wants to be a minister or a chancellor.

Solidarity also required a commitment to the rule of law, she said, a coded reference to member states, such as Poland and Hungary, that stand accused by the European Union institutions of backsliding on democratic values.

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In follow-up tweets, Trump also took a jab at France's internationally renowned wine industry and pointed to Macron's low approval rating as well as relatively high unemployment in France.

We should protect ourselves when it comes to China, Russia and even the United States of America.

Around 70 leaders including USA and Russian Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin attended centenary commemorations of the 1918 Armistice in Paris on Sunday.

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"The idea of the European army is a complete fiction; there's never been a European army and there can not be a European army", he said.

Her words echoed those of the French president, who in an interview said Europe needed to better defend itself.

While the far-right AfD was unlikely to disappear entirely from Germany's electoral landscape after having entered all of its 16 regional assemblies, the federal parliament (Bundestag) and European Union (EU) parliament, Merz expressed confidence that its voter share could be halved if the CDU won back disaffected former supporters.

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