- ‘Bad Day for Our Enemies’: European Leaders Take ‘Historic’ Step Toward Joint EU Army
Leaders of 25 European Union states have signed the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) pact that will see them undertake more joint projects and increase their defense budgets with the idea to likely create a permanent EU army.
Arriving at a summit in Brussels, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini hailed a “historic decision that turns the European Union into a credible security provider, globally,” saying that the EU is already contemplating “the possibility of deploying one of our battlegroups in one of the crisis theaters.”
“For many years the strongest argument against PESCO had been the fear that it would lead to the weakening of NATO. But it is quite the opposite – strong European defense naturally strengthens NATO,” said EU President Donald Tusk.
“This is why PESCO is not only good news for us, but it is also good news for our allies and bad news for our enemies,” he added, before heading to the leaders’ group photo call and signing ceremony.