DONALD Trump has blasted Emmanuel Macron's idea for the European Union to build an army to protect itself from the US as "insulting". The US President tweeted:"President Macron of France has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the U.S., China and Russia. "Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of NATO, which the U.S. subsidizes greatly!" It comes three days after the French President said th US is as big a threat to the EU as Russia and China and called for a “true European army” to defend the bloc. In an extraordinary attack on the US President, Macron lumped Washington together with Moscow and Beijing as Europe’s biggest foes. The arch euro federalist insisted only a fully fledged EU defence force can protect the continent against the trio’s aggression. He said: “We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America. “We will not … [Read more...] about Donald Trump blasts Emmanuel Macron’s idea for an EU army to defend Europe from America as ‘very insulting’
© AP Photo / Matthias Schrader'Real European Army': Macron's Initiative is Taking Shape Step by StepParly made her remarks after the first ministerial meeting of EU states that have endorsed Paris’ initiative to create the bloc’s rapid deployment force. During the talks, the French defense chief said that a meeting of high-ranked General Staff members of these states will be held on Friday. The idea to create the European Union’s joint military intervention force was for the first time voiced by French President Emmanuel Macron. READ MORE: 'Very Dangerous': Ex-UKIP Leader Lambasts Macron's EU Army Proposal In June, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom signed a letter of intent to establish such a force. Finland joined the group on Tuesday. … [Read more...] about French Minister Suggests Joint EU Army Could Tackle Climate Disasters
The creation of a European army would be a dangerous move and insult the United States, Nigel Farage, former leader of the right-wing populist UK Independence Party (UKIP), told the radio program LBC (Leading Britain's Conversation). Addressing Emmanuel Macron's recent remarks about the necessity of a "real European army", Farage argued that all this echoes comments by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, "who said not too long ago deference to NATO can no longer be used as a convenient alibi to argue against greater European efforts." READ MORE: UK Lawmaker Regards Possibility of EU Army Creation as 'Disaster' His comments came after Macron told the French radio station Europe 1 that the EU should protect itself "with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America." READ MORE: Why NATO Chief Maintains 'There-Could-Be-Only-One' Stance on Calls for EU Army In this vein, he called the EU … [Read more...] about ‘Very Dangerous’: Ex-UKIP Leader Lambasts Macron’s EU Army Proposal
The EU needs a "real European army" to defend itself against Russia, the French president has said. It also needs to fight populists such as Hungary's Viktor Orban and Italy's Matteo Salvini by becoming less "ultra-liberal", he added. "We will not protect Europeans unless we decide to have a true European army," Emmanuel Macron told the France 1 radio station in an interview in Verdun, a WWI memorial site, in France on Tuesday (6 November). "Faced with a Russia which is at our borders and has shown that it can be a threat ... we need a Europe which defends itself better alone, without just depending on the United States, in a more sovereign manner," he said. "We have been hit by intrusion attempts in cyber-space and multiple interventions in our democracies," he added, referring to Russian election-meddling in the EU. Europe also had to "protect itself" against the rise of China and against US policies that harmed European security, he said. "When I see [US] president [Donald] … [Read more...] about France calls for EU ‘army’ to contain Russia
This weekend’s centenary commemorations of the First World War Armistice serve as a reminder that this conflict was supposed to be “the war to end all wars”, its death toll and futility both so monstrous that nations would never contemplate another. Of course, one hundred years of history has told a very different story. Today the Middle East, with its twin aggressors Iran and Saudi Arabia, is no longer the only unpredictable factor. If the hostile attitude of the presidents of America and Russia towards international peace treaties is added to the mix, global security looks as endangered as ever.Against this backdrop, French president Emmanuel Macron has called for the creation of a “true European army” to defend the EU from China, Russia and even the US. Macron is not suggesting the US is about to declare war against old European allies but, rather, that he believes the existing alliance through Nato cannot be enough to defend Europe when President Trump … [Read more...] about Brexiteers loathe the idea of an EU army, but with Trump and Putin destabilising Nato, is it really such a terrible prospect?