(TRUNEWS) Germany is backing a plan to assemble a European Union Army, which would bring together all 28 member states under one command.
The plan would involve sharing equipment, putting together a council of ministers and having a headquarters.
The idea was brought up last year by European Commission President Jean-Claude Junker. Now a white paper has been drawn up by Germany, according to The Express.
“German security policy has relevance — also far beyond our country. Germany is willing to join early, decisively and substantially as a driving force in international debates … to take responsibility and assume leadership,” as reported by Financial Times.
“The more we Europeans are ready to take on a greater share of the common burden and the more our American partner is prepared to go along the road of common decision-making, the further the transatlantic security partnership will develop greater intensity and richer results,” the document said.
Junker claims the initiative will not hinder NATO in any way.
“Rather a European army would bring an intensive cooperation in the development and the purchase of military equipment and bring substantial savings,” he said.
Full article: Germany draws up plans for European Army, tries to keep it quiet (TruNews)