The European Commission signed the final details and budget on 11 April that officially launched its preparatory action on defence research (PADR). The three-year programme will test the feasibility of using EU money to finance military technologies that support the Union’s Common Security Defence Policy objectives and is expected to lead to permanent, and far larger, annual spending on defence research and development (R&D) in the EU’s annual budget after 2020. Continue reading
What do you know? Just like that, out of nowhere, the likes of Angela Merkel now apparently back a ‘multi-speed’ EU.
Of course this is complete nonsense and nothing more than propaganda aimed at quelling growing anti-EU sentiment right across Europe. Continue reading
The European Union is to create a special military command center for operating foreign missions, the German defense minister announced amid criticism from some bloc members that the initiative is financially unreasonable and merely copies NATO’s steps.
EU foreign ministers “founded, or put in motion, today a European command center for foreign missions,” German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said at a meeting in Brussels on Monday, according to AP.
Meanwhile, Britain has long criticized the bloc’s aspirations to launch its own army, saying the EU should not waste money on creating structures that match those set up by NATO. British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon, who was also present at the meeting, called on other EU ministers “to cooperate more closely with NATO to avoid unnecessary duplication and structures.”
They’ve wanted this for a long time now.
In an interview with The Guardian and other European newspapers, French President Francois Hollande has apparently made it clear that an integrated European defence policy and project is now on the horizon.
Hollande and other European leaders are predictably using President Trump has a bogeyman by which they can seek to justify putting together an EU Army as they have long-desired. Continue reading
A ‘multi-speed EU’ isn’t a recent idea Merkel has had, as she first called for a ‘two-speed’ Europe in 2012. Continue watching developments as they unfold and get ready for a German-dominated United States of Europe.
German led, German dominated… and it’s now about to get its first taste of real military training throughout Africa.
Here comes the European Union Army.
The EU’s Soviet sounding – the name doesn’t give away its real purpose – Military Planning and Conduct Capabailities (MPCC) unit has just been set up for training missions in Somalia, Mali, the Central African Republic, some of the world’s most dangerous conflict zones.
The unit was created in rapid time, having only been sanctioned at discreet EU Council meeting in December. Continue reading
BRUSSELS bureaucrats are said to be planning to set up a new military unit in a bid to increase greater defence cooperation, according to diplomats.
The division, known as the Military Planning and Conduct Capabilities (MPCC) unit, could be responsible for the EU training missions in African countries including Somalia, Mali and Central African Republic.
There are early suggestion the MPCC is set to be based in Brussels, the same location as the EU Military Staff (EUMS), who provide military expertise to EU members. Continue reading
The European Parliament adopted the resolution, suggest creating an EU finance minister, an army and giving the EU Commission the power to formulate and give effect to a common EU economic policy, backed up by a euro-area budget. Continue reading
So far from what we’ve seen over the years, a European Army is shaping up with the following countries being participants or having some level of cooperation/integration:
- the Netherlands
- Czech Republic
Czech Republic and Romania are sending major chunks of their armies to the Bundeswehr.
A Czech and Romanian brigade will be integrated into divisions of the German army. The agreement is to be signed at a meeting of NATO defense ministers tomorrow. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), which broke the story on February 2, wrote, “The Bundeswehr is developing into the leading NATO army in Europe.”
The agreement is the most dramatic of a series of arrangements Germany is negotiating to deepen its cooperation with other countries. The EU Observer summarized the FAZ’s report, noting, “The longer-term strategy would turn the Bundeswehr into the leading NATO army in Europe, with small countries integrating their military forces into the German command structures.”
Two thirds of the Dutch army’s command structure began to integrate into the German army last year. Continue reading
Germany will move forward this week with plans to set up a joint fleet of Lockheed Martin Corp C-130J transport planes with France and join a Netherlands-led fleet of Airbus A330 tanker planes, defense ministry sources said on Monday.
Those and several other initiatives with Norway, Romania and the Czech Republic are part of a broader drive to expand European defense cooperation to be announced at a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels, the sources said. Continue reading
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
The Fourth Reich is here, via EU. Even if it crumbles, which it likely will, it will consolidate into a core and federalized United States of Europe. External threats emanating from Russia and the Middle East are too important to dismiss.
With America wanting NATO members to pay their fair share, and the likelihood of that happening being slim, European members are scrambling to create their own defense mechanism. It isn’t so much about defense, though, is it is about Germany regaining and retaining power. In the coming years you will see. How quickly depends on the amount of time it takes for a power vacuum to be formed and filled.
This is why you need to watch for events such as America pulling out of NATO and a German-led Europe taking it over, or NATO disintegrating and a German-led Europe forming its own European Army. The latter is more likely being that a new military component is already being formed.
ANGELA Merkel was expected to be presented with plans of a European nuclear defence programme today.
Angela Merkel paid a visit to the Prime Minster of Poland, where a meeting held at 2pm Polish time aimed to discuss the future of the European Union.
Later on in the day, the German leader met with President Andrzej Duda and Jarosław Kaczyński, leader of the conservative Law and Justice Party.
It is during the latter meeting, that Mr Kaczyński was to reportedly propose defence investments for “a European version of DARPA”. Continue reading