According to the poll, 62 percent of the people who voted supported the idea for the creation of a European army. Sixty percent of respondents said that they doubted that such an army would be created in the next 10-15 years. CC0 / Pixabay'Tied & Powerless': UK Generals Warn Against Formation of EU Army After BrexitFifty-seven percent said that France should increase its defence spending. France's biggest foreign threat, according to the poll, came from Russia, with 35 percent of respondents saying so. Next was Syria with 29 percent, North Korea with 28 percent, China with 21 percent, the United States with 20 percent and Iraq with 16 percent. READ MORE: There is No Need to Create EU Army — Swedish Defence Minister © AFP 2019 / PATRICK HERTZOGEU Needs Army Not to Be ‘Ball’ Played Between China, US, Russia - CDU ChairThe poll was conducted on 13-14 March among … [Read more...] about Over 60% of French People Support Macron’s Idea to Create European Army
In light of U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from Syria, who will fill the emerging power vacuum remains hotly debated. Trump and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, had initially agreed on the creation of a safe zone in northern Syria. Yet it seems that Turkey and the United States do not see eye to eye on the nature of said zone. Trump seemed to have been on the same page as Erdoğan at first, yet revised his position under immense domestic pressure. When the issue first came up, Trump's only condition was the elimination of Daesh remnants in Syria. In other words, the U.S. president did not care what would happen as long as the terrorists were no longer on the ground. Over the following days, however, critics launched a coordinated campaign to raise questions about the future of "Kurdish" – read as: the PKK and its Syrian affiliate, the People's Protection Units (YPG) – forces. Trump felt compelled to make certain concessions, as the … [Read more...] about A European army in northern Syria?
Telegraph View Follow 22 January 2019 • 10:00pm Rather than head for Davos, Angela Merkel, Germany’s Chancellor, and Emmanuel Macron were instead in Aachen, a border city with a great deal of symbolism for both, as the former seat of Charlemagne and subsequent Holy Roman emperors. They were there to sign an update to the Elysee Treaty which in 1963 set the seal on the post–war reconciliation between France and Germany. Ever since, Europe has developed very much in the way decreed by these two countries. But more than renew their bonds of friendship they also committed to a “common military culture” that Chancellor Merkel said could “contribute to the creation of a European army”. Given the history of these two countries, enhanced cooperation... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then … [Read more...] about The surprising progress of the strange European Army fantasy is a reminder of why Britain voted to Leave
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said closer defence ties agreed in a new friendship treaty aim to build a Franco-German "common military culture" and "contribute to the creation of a European army". Both Macron and Merkel have pushed the idea of a joint European Army for the bloc that would be part of the wider transatlantic NATO alliance. SEE ALSO: Merkel calls for a 'real, true' European army Macron told a forum after the signing ceremony that as "authoritarian powers are emerging everywhere...let's build a real European army to protect ourselves and have a real foreign policy". Trump has strongly demanded that European NATO members, especially Germany, Late last year he mocked both of the European powers by tweeting that "it was Germany in World Wars One & Two -- How did that work out for France?" He added that "they were starting to learn German in Paris before the U.S. came along". SEE ALSO: Is the German military capable of defending Europe? In the new accord, meant … [Read more...] about Merkel: Franco-German treaty a step toward ‘European army’
In February, heads of state, top-ranking government and military officials and leaders of international organisations traditionally gather in Munich, Germany to debate global events and foreign policy issues. "Munich is the place to go to hear bold policies announced, new ideas and approaches tested, old partnerships reaffirmed and new ones formed," then-US vice president Joe Biden said in 2013. With changing political dynamics among world leaders, the Munich Security Conference and similar meetings are now taking on extra importance. "We are facing various intrusion attempts in our cyberspace and into our democratic life ... We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States," said French President Emmanuel Macron in November 2018. Modern technology, the internet, social media have created and are creating a totally new fabric of communication and political relationships ... It's challenging for everybody ... I think the one who … [Read more...] about Wolfgang Ischinger: European army is necessary amid Russia threat