The European Union already has, not an official European Union army, but something close to it: the European Union Military Staff. The commander of its ‘department of crisis response and current operations’ used to be Greek general Georgios Epitideios. Also in Brussels, Epiteidios was senior staff member of NATO’s Central Command.
Recently, General Epitideios came back to Brussels. This time as Member of the European Parliament for the Greek nazi party Golden Dawn. Does European Commission boss Mr Juncker want someone like neo-nazi General Epitideios as commander of the European Union’s ‘stronger military fist’ plans?
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Tuesday 16th May 2017
Speaking in Brussels, where he was attending an EU foreign ministers’ summit, Mr Johnson said: “We understand the vital importance of European countries working together to strengthen our defences.”
Reports claimed on Friday that Mr Johnson would be snubbed over Britain’s opposition to a new EU military HQ.
Yesterday, he confirmed that the government objected to its classification as an “operational headquarters.
We just [need to] work on the language to make sure that we get it totally right,” he said.
Mr Johnson echoed the US demand for all Nato members to raise defence spending to at least 2 per cent of GDP.
Or whether it would support the Republic of Ireland in a war against Britain, as Brexit may mean the end of European Union support for the British partition of Ireland.
Theresa May to claim Britain’s role in Europe’s defence ‘has never been more vital’: here.
To the applause of the vast majority of European parliamentary deputies, German Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a call on Tuesday for the “creation of a real European army.” Merkel’s speech in Strasbourg underscores the reactionary traditions currently evoked by the ruling elites in Germany and Europe. The task of such an army would be to advance the economic and geostrategic interests of Germany and Europe across the world using military force: here.