Why a European Union army will only benefit France

Why a European Union army will only benefit France

Emmanuel Macron will make sure that any steps towards a European Union army will benefit France, first and foremost. No longer content with being just a soft power, Brussels is keen to exert some hard muscle. The French president has made his support for common EU forces clear and the chaotic US-led evacuation of Afghanistan has added fresh impetus to calls for greater EU military integration. While a traditional standing army remains a distant fantasy, a push towards creating an EU rapid reaction force of 5,000 soldiers able to act independently of Nato and the US is building steam. On Wednesday, Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission president, demanded the EU build a “Defence Union” in her annual State of the Union speech. She outlined broad plans for greater …
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