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:
Johnson looks for deal on EU forces HQ
Tuesday 16th May 2017
BRITISH Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson played down differences with his EU counterparts yesterday, saying that Brexit would not halt the bloc’s greater military integration.
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.
One wonders whether this new European Army would support the Spanish armed forces in a war about Gibraltar, advocated by British Conservative poliicians, of Boris Johnson’s party.
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.
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Wednesday 19th July 2017
posted by Morning Star in Editorial
CONTEMPT for democracy has long been a European Union hallmark, as evidenced by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble’s clarification that EU treaties take precedence over decisions by the Greek electorate.
Greek voters backed Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s call for a mandate to negotiate debt relief for an economy on its knees, where wages, benefits and pensions had been slashed — only to be informed that their votes didn’t count.
“Debt relief is not possible within the currency union. European treaties do not allow it,” was Schaeuble’s blunt statement.
Britain’s voters were told before the EU referendum that their decision would be respected, but that was before the Establishment position to remain in the EU was rejected.
Clear advice from the City of London, major parties, liberal capitalist media and national broadcasters was assessed and judged unconvincing.
Despite assiduous efforts to spread the lie that only far-right nationalists, xenophobes and racists opposed the EU, a modest but clear majority opted for life outside the institutionalised neoliberal bloc.
The labour movement minority associated with the Left Leave initiative was informed that Remain would stroll home and, if it didn’t, an unassailable right-wing Tory-Ukip majority in Parliament would unleash an anti-working-class blitz.
Remain lost, David Cameron and George Osborne had to go and Theresa May, who had shared their position, gambled away the Tories’ overall majority in the House of Commons.
A rejuvenated Jeremy Corbyn now leads a combative and united Labour opposition and most voters prefer him to lead negotiations with the EU on a Left Leave basis.
This ought to be celebration time for all on the left, but some people cannot conceal their contempt for working people and their decisions.
Who remembers Lord Kerr of Kinlochard, former diplomat and sometime director of Royal Dutch Shell, Rio Tinto and Scottish Power who is said to have drafted EU Article 50?
His lordship said: “We native Brits are so bloody stupid that we need an injection of intelligent people.”
By native Brits he means British workers because he’s a clever boardroom person.
He has teamed up with former Nato secretary general Lord Robertson, Scotland’s former first minister Henry McLeish and Liberal Democrat ex-leader Lord (“Ming”) Campbell and various pro-EU Scottish politicians to declare: “It is time to call a halt to Brexit.”
Sod democracy — clever people believe that voters made a mistake, so let’s discuss how to subvert their decision.
Curiously enough, other clever people have arrived at similar conclusions.
Vince Cable, who sold most of our Royal Mail cheaply to City speculators, says: “I’m beginning to think that Brexit may never happen” because “the problems are so enormous.”
War criminal Tony Blair then pulled a rabbit out the hat by revealing that a “reformed” EU might obviate the need for Britain to leave because Brussels could compromise on freedom of movement.
Note his ongoing fixation with migration rather than working out why people really backed Leave. He forgot to announce that this compromise could be achieved in 45 minutes.
Former Labour minister and erstwhile Blair fan Caroline Flint is spot on in noting: “We need to be straight with people on Brexit.”
This means opposition to cunning plans to keep Britain in the single market and customs union that equate to “EU membership in all but name.”
The rich and powerful lost the referendum. They must learn to respect democracy and end efforts to subvert the people’s decision.
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Saturday 30th September 2017
posted by Ben Chacko in Britain
THERESA MAY was accused of the “grossest hypocrisy” by peace campaigners yesterday as she rattled sabres on the borders of Russia.
Speaking to hundreds of British soldiers stationed in the former Soviet republic of Estonia, Ms May said leaving the EU would not lessen the country’s commitment to European “security.”
Britain leads the Nato military alliance’s “enhanced forward presence” in eastern Europe, which sees troops engage in provocative manoeuvres in the area.
The Prime Minister attacked “Russia’s continued aggression” in the region, presumably referring to the Kremlin’s half-hearted backing for the anti-fascist resistance movement in Ukraine.
“When a nation like Russia violates the rules-based international order, we must come together with our allies to defend that international system,” she declared.
But Stop the War coalition convener Lindsey German said Ms May was in no position to “accuse anyone of aggression and violating the international order.”
“This is a woman who has supported wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria.
“She refuses to criticise Donald Trump and is now trying to boost Britain’s military role as it declines economically.
“Everyone who wants a more stable and peaceful world should oppose her policies.”
And left-wing anti-EU campaign Lexit convener Alex Gordon said Ms May’s speech revealed the government was “pinning its hopes on being the arms dealer of choice for those central and eastern European nations who have been told by Trump to increase their defence spending.
“We know the [EU’s] Treaty of Lisbon made convergence between EU and Nato membership a requirement. Britain may be leaving, but May and [Defence Secretary] Michael Fallon are playing toy soldiers at the bequest of Rolls-Royce, BAE and the other big arms manufacturers.
“This is why we need a left exit from the EU.
“Those on the left who argue we should soft-pedal on Trident and foreign policy in order to concentrate our fire on austerity risk standing aside as we are plunged into a dangerous confrontation with Russia at a time when the US president is endangering peace across the world.”
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