Published: Thu, November 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Merkel Echoes Macron in Call for a European Army to Complement NATO

Merkel Echoes Macron in Call for a European Army to Complement NATO

Angela Merkel spoke at the European Parliament in Strasbourg in what is likely to be her swan song as German chancellor before that body and seconded French President Emmanuel Macron's call for a European army.

A common European army would show the world "that there is between the European countries, never again war", said the German Chancellor in relation to an earlier speech by the Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

According to the Daily Mail, Merkel said the new army would work with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, but suggested that "only a stronger Europe is going to defend Europe". "This means that we, as Europeans, must take our destiny in our own hands", - said Merkel. We won't protect Europe if we don't decide to have a true European army.

Mr Hookem said: "As Prime Minister May gathers her Cabinet of Capitulation to consult on the UK's Brexit surrender to the EU's terms, Merkel was outlining the EU's real agenda - the effort to become a military and economic superpower!"

It seems President Macron and Angela Merkel got along so well at the armistice commemoration at the weekend that one elderly lady mistook Merkel for Macron's wife.

Macron and Merkel aren't the only ones to call for the creation of European armed forces.

Earlier this week the US president tweeted: "Emmanuel Macron suggests building its own army to protect Europe against the US, China and Russian Federation".

Traditionally, Dr Merkel has sought to avoid such controversial statements; unlike the French, the Germans were always much more apprehensive about the prospects of endangering the U.S. security guarantee which allowed Germany to prosper during the Cold War.

Merkel said recently that she intends to step down as chancellor in 2021.

The comments come after a row developed between President Donald Trump and Macron over the French leader's suggestion that Europe needed an army to counter potential threats posed by the United States. The European project was set up to stop German domination. In a next stage would then be the project of a "genuine European army" addressed. After holding the euro area together through the debt crisis and pushing back against Russian aggression in the east, her time in office is winding down with European Union values threatened by the rise of nationalism at home and the United States president cheering from the sidelines.

In her speech, Merkel indirectly defended her policy.

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