- REVEALED: Shock Strategy Brussels Will Use to LURE Member-States into EU Army
by OLI SMITH, http://www.express.co.uk/
A GERMAN MEP has outlined how the EU will push through its plans to build its own army – by encouraging member states to “save money” by handing over control of military affairs.
The European Union will persuade other member-states to join Jean-Claude Juncker’s plan for a bloc-wide army by grounding it in “economic efficiency”. Jo Leinen, a German MEP, dropped the shock revelation yesterday, claiming the policy of national armies “cannot continue” for much longer. It comes as Donald Tusk, the European Council President, plans to set up an EU army by the end of the year to fight back against “destabilisation around Europe”.
Mr Leinen told Peter von Kohl, eureporter’s correspondent in Strasbourg: “The EU is a soft power, and our foreign policy is based on trade, humanitarian aid, climate protection. “But, we do not have enough hard power, so in a time of crisis, we will not have enough. “The EU has no army, they don’t even have weapons. Now is the right time to add security and defence to the EU dynamic.
“There is a consensus that the EU needs some hard power – like in Mali, Central African Republic, Somalia, where soft power does not go far.” The German politician went on to explain how the EU will justify this move towards a centralised army under the rule of the EU.