EU Takes Another Step Toward a Unified Army

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker leaves after his State of the Union speech at the European Parliament. (FREDERICK FLORIN/AFP/Getty Images)

 

New plans to strengthen Europe’s border force

Europe must dramatically expand its European Border and Coast Guard force, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker stated during his State of the Union address on September 12.

He aims to spend €1.3 billion to add an additional 10,000 border guards by 2020. Continue reading

Paris Attacks Reveal the Outlines of a New Europe

A smaller EU with its own army can already be seen on the horizon.

“Europe will be forged in crises and will be the sum of the solutions adopted for those crises.” Those famous words from one of the European Union’s founding fathers, Jean Monnet, explain much of what is happening in Europe. The economic crisis is forcing the political union that EU leaders could not get voters to agree to. And now, in the aftermath of the Paris attacks, new, major changes are afoot.

Externally, Europe is being forced into the Middle East. France’s decision to invoke the EU’s self-defense clause instead of nato’s will have major implications for the union’s defense arrangement. Continue reading