EU ARMY? ’Forget US, NATO needs European pillar’ Security chief calls for defence reforms

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He claimed security was an area that had support for closer integration [GETTY]

 

A SECURITY expert has championed the idea of a ‘European pillar’ of defence for NATO, worryingly echoing calls for an EU army.

Jean-Marie Guéhenno, CEO of International Crisis Group, an independent conflict prevention organisation, has called on NATO’s European members to step up their defence spending.

The Frenchman has signalled the new direction in foreign policy by US president Donald Trump should act as a catalyst for change, warning: “NATO is about North America’s engagement in Europe, and Europeans, working with Canada, must take the initiative in proposing a vision adapted to the 21st century.  Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE: EU needs European army that EXCLUDES UK claims former defence minister

Don’t let today’s headlines regarding Iraq’s implosion or Ukraine’s descent into further chaos distract you.  The EU, lead by Germany, is still pushing for a European Army in its future United States of Europe project. NATO is loathed in Europe although it depends on it and will eventually get the boot, especially if Russia takes back one of the member nations such as Lativa, a former Soviet Union state. NATO is no longer equipped for such a confrontation with Russia and will likely let it go like it did Georgia.

Meanwhile, Germany sees this and has decided to act on its own through its EU arm, which is what we see in Ukraine, as also mentioned in this article. However, especially since geopolitical relations are complex, it’s important to know that the US helped the German-led EU into taking Ukraine.

THE EU should adopt a single foreign policy and back it up with a pan-European army that excludes the UK, France’s former defence minister said last night.

Charles Millon, who served under Prime Minster Alain Juppe, urged Brussels to abandon Nato and appease Russian premier Vladimir Putin instead.

In a scathing attack on the transatlantic alliance, Mr.Millon poured scorn on Washington’s influence over Europe, claiming that abandoning Nato would prevent the EU from “bowing to US policy” which does not necessarily line up with its interests. Continue reading

China defence budget to double over 5 years

China’s defence budget will double between 2011 and 2015 and outstrip the combined spending of all other key defence markets in the Asia-Pacific region, global research group IHS said Tuesday.

China’s defence budget stood at $119.8 billion last year and will rise to $238.2 billion in 2015, marking a combined annual growth rate of 18.75 percent during the period, the US-based IHS said in a forecast.

The 2015 figure exceeds the combined total of the next 12 biggest defence budgets in the region, forecast to hit $232.5 billion, and will be almost four times second-placer Japan’s defence spending that year, it added.

Full article: China defence budget to double over 5 years (Defence Talk)