‘Real European Army’: Macron’s Initiative is Taking Shape Step by Step

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French President Emmanuel Macron continues to push ahead with the idea to reduce dependence on the US and NATO and create an EU defence force. Macron’s recent statement has received support from the European Commission and criticism from the UK. However, step-by-step the EU military force is taking shape.

It appears that the pipe dream of a European army has a chance to become a reality: French President Emmanuel Macron, an ardent proponent of the EU common defenсe forces, has yet again called upon the bloc to form a “real European army.”

“We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America,” Macron told Europe One radio on November 6.

“When I see President Trump announcing that he’s quitting a major disarmament treaty which was formed after the 1980s euro-missile crisis that hit Europe, who is the main victim? Europe and its security,” the French president underscored, referring to Donald Trump’s intention to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty signed by the US and the USSR in 1987.

Macron’s remarks have prompted a lively debate among European politicians.

Thus, Greek socialist MEP Eva Kaili voiced her support to Macron, saying that the bloc needs its own defence force: “You know, we are the borders of Europe, so Greece and Italy suffered the most from the migration and refugee crisis. The threat we have also from a NATO ally, like Turkey, I think it’s…

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