- EU Army: Brussels ‘Delighted’ that Angela Merkel and Macron Want to Create European Military Force
by Jon Stone, https://www.independent.co.uk/
Jean-Claude Juncker tries to claim credit for idea
The European Commission has said it is “delighted” that the leaders of France and Germany have backed the creation of a “real” EU army. A spokesperson for the commission’s president Jean-Claude Juncker said he was “pleased” that the argument for the force seemed to be “going in our direction”. Addressing the European Parliament on Tuesday Angela Merkel said she supported a “real, true” European army, echoing an identical call by her French counterpart Emmanuel Macron the week before.
Speaking on Wednesday, the commission’s spokesperson tried to attribute credit for the idea to Mr Juncker, noting that he had previously endorsed such a force. “Let me clarify that the first one who spoke about the EU army four years ago was someone called Jean-Claude Juncker,” they said. “Memory is short nowadays in Brussels and the capitals but people here present, you are aware of who launched this idea.”
The spokesperson added: “We are delighted that both the president of the French republic and the German chancellor, with a few days interval, publicly backed this idea.