Home News Defense policy: Macron calls for "true European army"

Defense policy: Macron calls for "true European army"

  • Emmanuel Macron calls for the formation of a common European army.
  • Europeans should not rely on the US alone. Russia stands at the European borders and can become a threat.
  • On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, Macron is currently visiting various commemorative events and prominent sites of the war.

On a historic occasion, French President Emmanuel Macron has given new impetus to the debate on a common European defense policy. As part of the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, Macron called for the establishment of a separate European army. In an interview with the radio station Europe 1, he said that without a "true European army", Europeans could not be defended. In view of "Russia, which is at our borders and could become a threat", Europeans should "not rely on the US alone".

Macron justified his demand by warning against "authoritarian powers that are rising and arming on the borders of Europe." Europe must defend itself "with regard to China, Russia and even the US". The withdrawal from the INF disarmament treaty with Russia announced by US President Donald Trump is a threat to Europe. "Who is the main victim?" Macron asked – and gave the answer himself: "Europe and its security."

The colonies were not just a secondary scene of the fighting

France has managed to hold on to the memory of the First World War – and to rewrite the saga of heroes in a peace narrative. Under Macron, it is finally the colonial history.

Comment by Nadia Pantel, France

more …

Highlight of the commemorative events with Trump and Putin

Already last year, Macron had suggested creating a "joint intervention force" for crisis missions in Europe by 2020. He also proposed a common defense budget and a common doctrine. Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said that Macron's proposals were "not a project immediately for tomorrow".

Chancellor Angela Merkel later revealed, however, more open to Macron's advance. "I am positive about President Macron's proposal for an intervention initiative," Merkel said in June Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, However, a European intervention force would have to be integrated into the existing "structure of defense cooperation" of the EU, said the Chancellor at that time.

Macron is currently on a round trip to striking locations of the First World War and visited Tuesday the battlefield of Verdun, where in 1916 in months of fighting about 300 000 German and French soldiers died.

This Friday, Macron in northern France will remember the Battle of the Somme of 1916 with British Prime Minister Theresa May. On Saturday, the French president wants to meet Merkel in Compiègne, north of Paris, to commemorate the cease-fire of November 11, 1918.

The culmination of commemoration events marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War will be a grand ceremony on Sunday at the Paris Arc de Triomphe with dozens of heads of state and government from around the world. US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are also expected to attend.

Macron's golden time is over

Domestically, the president has isolated himself, the French no longer believe in him. It does not have to be bad news for Europe.

Comment by Nadia Pantel




Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Must Read

The best years of a life: the trailer of Claude Lelouch's film unveiled

The best years of a life: the trailer of Claude Lelouch's film unveiled

MoTC introduces Government Cloud and Media Analytics services to the public sector

The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC), in partnership with Meeza and Media Analytics Service, has launched the Government Cloud Service, which adds both...

Rafa Benitez expects Miguel Almiron's season to be over, but a hamstring injury is not a long-term affair

Rafa Benitez is optimistic that Miguel Almiron will recover quickly from his thigh injury. The former MLS playmaker hobbled out...

Cake, Kiddos & Shiplap, oh my! See Joanna Gaines' cutest family moments on her 41st birthday

Instagram Lift your glass, finish your shiplap and bump into the birthday boy, Joanna Gaines!Today, the Fixer Upper Star and Home...

The Iraq summit brings rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran together

An Iraqi summit brought regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran together on Saturday, as part of a broader effort by Iraqi leaders to shape...