Guess who’s back? Germany’s Fourth Reich via a European Army it leads in partnership with France, who mostly toes the German line.
If you’re looking for Nazis, you’re roughly 70 years too late.
SOLDIERS from five European countries will take part in war drills later this month in a fake country dreamed up by Brussels’ chiefs to prepare the EU army for future conflicts.
Under the exercise codename European Wind, Italy, Hungary, Slovenia, Austria and Croatia have signed up for exercises in a make-believe war zone in northern Italy called Sarunia.
Brussels and Britain have long clashed over the concept of an EU army but military chiefs in Italy say they have been operating under the blue and gold flag of the union for almost a decade.
Italian brigadier-general Paolo Fabbri told The Times: “We’ve been doing this for years and it’s bread and butter for us now.”
“If people are curious after Brexit about EU battle groups they can spend some time here.”
On two occasions the force has carried the mantle of EU defence force, performing a six-month unit deployment with 1,500 troops ready to be dispatched with just ten days notice.
After the exercise, the Italian division will carry out a third rotation with help from the Austrians and Croatians.
Each national force uses different weapons but the main logistical challenge comes from a lack of shared language, General Fabbri said.
European leaders have been pushing for an joint EU defence force for years but Britain has until now stood in the way.
However the Brexit vote has opened up the potential for Brussels to push ahead with the plan, which critics say would weaken NATO.
An EU white paper released over the summer called for a “credible European defence”.
Full article: EU army launches military drills in fake war-zone dubbed Sarunia (Express)