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European Commission chief wants to create EU army

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Press TV – March 8, 2015

President of the European Commission (EC) Jean-Claude Juncker has called for the creation of a European Union army, amid tension with Russia over the crisis in Ukraine.

“Such an army would help us to build a common foreign and security policy, as well as jointly assume the responsibilities of Europe in the world,” said Juncker in an interview with German weekly Welt am Sonntag published on Sunday.

Juncker added that the formation of a European armed forces would signal to Moscow the political and economic union is “serious about upholding the values of the European Union.”

“A common European army would show the world that there will by no means be war once more amongst EU nations,” said Juncker.

According to the EC chief, an EU army could be used to “react credibly” to dangers facing one of the 28-member states or any of the bloc’s neighboring countries.

The German weekly reported that Juncker has backing in the German legislature, including chairman of Germany’s foreign affairs committee Norbert Rottgen, who said it is time to put such a proposal in action.

“The Europeans spend enormous sums of money for the military combined, much more than Russia,” said Rottgen, adding, “But our military capabilities remain an insufficient security policy as long as we maintain small national armies, which make and buy many parts of the same thing on a smaller scale.”

Former EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana is set to present the findings of a report titled, More Union in European Defense. The report calls for a new European protection method, which would have “a political and military ability to autonomously conduct intervention operations beyond the EU’s borders.” The report also calls for the establishment of a military EU headquarters in the bloc’s de facto capital, Brussels.

According to the report, a common security policy would bring savings to the bloc’s member states, which altogether spends €190 billion annually to maintain 28 national armies, consisting of roughly 1.5 million service personnel.

The proposals to extend EU’s military capabilities come amid tensions between European countries and the US over the Ukrainian crisis. The Western governments accuse Russia of destabilizing Ukraine, an allegation which Moscow has repeatedly denied.

Meanwhile, NATO plans to expand its military presence in Eastern Europe amid the crisis in Ukraine and has held numerous war games over the past year. In 2014, NATO forces held some 200 military exercises, with the alliance’s General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg having promised that such drills would continue.

Moscow has repeatedly condemned NATO’s exercises and military buildup toward its borders.

March 8, 2015 - Posted by | Militarism | , , ,

10 Comments »

  1. Well, The European Union (EU) is growing, growing up!
    Though in principle I am against ANY army, I think it would, looking at the reality that the existence of armies will not become a reality, be good for the EU, with the addition: PROVIDED that the NATO will be eliminated as military force! NATO should have been eliminated long ago, the moment the Warsaw Pact was eliminated NATO should have been ended too!

    Best thing in my opinion would be, when ALL military forces would be put under the direct command and supervision of the United Nations, eliminating ALL national armies!
    At least the present western military forces should become a United Nations Allied Force (UNAF), wereby NATO and all allies should be ended, and all troops (equipment and personnel) should be brought under the direct command and supervision of the UN, and all national responsibility and command structure should be eliminated, and the finances for the national military be transmitted to the UN.
    Any military action then should be under the umbrella of the UN, and there would be a worldwide intervention power available when somewhere in the world a conflict breaks out by local militia’s.

    BUT… as that is future, the forming of the European Union Force (EUF) (with the mandatory elimination of NATO!) would be at least a start to in the future combine it to an International Military Force (I think).

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    Comment by masteradrian | March 8, 2015 | Reply

    • Your suggestion for a world military is a good one, and has been suggested in the past. Albert Einstein (1879-1955), in his last written words (1955):
      “Not one statesman in a position of responsibility has dared to pursue the only course that holds out any promise of peace, the courage of supra-national security, since for a statesman to follow such a course would be tantamount to political suicide”.
      Some national leaders would be opposed, simply because establishing such an international military/police force would 1. interfere with less-than-noble/illegal plans for geopolitical/natural resource/economic/financial violent domination of nations and regions 2. virtually eliminate nations and peoples calling each other “enemies”, thereby eliminating “the supreme crime”/wars of aggression, and 3. guarantee near total transparency of military/policing actions because men and women from many nations would sit in the same meeting rooms and discuss plans for dealing with what are now seen as criminal – not “enemy” – situations around the Earth. Once discussed, planned, agreed upon by all nations, and made a reality, war crimes and crimes against humanity would gradually and certainly become extinct – nightmares of the past.
      Einstein was absolutely correct and his concept of a “supra-national” security force, made up of men and women from every nation on Earth, is a real, possible, ultimately beneficial solution for humanity, and should become discussed, advocated and disseminated as far and wide as is possible.

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      Comment by Jerry "Peacemaker" | March 8, 2015 | Reply

      • Thanks for OKing my suggestion, were the proposal to the United Nations will be written, and delivered to the UNSG.

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        Comment by masteradrian | March 9, 2015 | Reply

  2. What would happen is a few large countries will take it over.

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    Comment by richard123456columbia | March 8, 2015 | Reply

  3. Reblogged this on TheFlippinTruth.

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    Comment by joekano76 | March 8, 2015 | Reply

  4. The US would have control (vetoe power) with its wars being payed for by other countries, they have been at war every year except a couple since 1901. Asigning a wolf to protect the chicken coop.

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    Comment by richard123456columbia | March 8, 2015 | Reply

  5. The world can’t even handle Israel and Palestine when the whole planet knows Israel has taken land from Palestine illegally, can you imagine what would happen to Palestine if there was no resistance from Palestinians because resetting would be illegal. How could any country disagree in giving its resources to a majority lobbying to take it as they control the only army.

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    Comment by richard123456columbia | March 9, 2015 | Reply

  6. Einstein was a scientist and sees solutions in black and white.

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    Comment by richard123456columbia | March 9, 2015 | Reply

    • This proposal is nothing more than a way to fold Ukraine into NATO without technically doing so. Note that it amounts to an alliance against Russia.

      The concept of a global military suffers from the question of political control; if by consensus it would never act, if by majority it would only serve the most economically powerful member and those under domination of the powerful.

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      Comment by aletho | March 9, 2015 | Reply

  7. Delicate subject. Few Europeans are aware that there is already a ‘European army’ in existence, known as the European Gendarmerie Force [EGF], relatively small but growing, whose purpose “is the creation of a European intervention force with militarised police functions and specialisation in crisis management“, with specific authorization to fight alongside NATO forces, wherever they may be.

    The EGF was established clearly in light of an increasing anti-EU opinion generated by the kleptocracy establishment in Brussels. What purpose would a new European army serve? Who will be in charge of it? Who will pay for it?

    If such an additional military organization were to be established, it would have to be on the condition that European states agree to abandon NATO. What are the chances of that?
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    Comment by Hyssop | March 9, 2015 | Reply


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