- Donald Tusk wants EU army THIS YEAR ‘to Defend Borders from Migrants And Hostile States’
by VINCENT WOOD, http://www.express.co.uk/
DONALD Tusk is pushing to set up an EU army by the end of the year to protect the bloc’s borders and fight back against “destabilisation around Europe”.
The European Council President called for the 27-nation superstate to introduce Permanent Structured Cooperation on Defence (PESCO) to protect the bloc from the effects of the migrant crisis, hostile bordering states and forces that risk tearing the bloc apart.
He added the EU should be prepared to spend huge amounts on the project, which will come with its own centralised headquarters and ambitious plans for EU military missions abroad.
Critics have repeatedly warned that the new system is a gateway to the creation of an EU army, although Brussels itself denies this and says it is just facilitating better military cooperation.
It goes hand in hand with plans for a centralised European Defence Fund, which is designed to help create an EU defence industry and reduce reliance on foreign powers like the US for military equipment.