Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Brussels 'delighted' at Merkel's support for European Union army

After Trump unloads on Macron, Merkel joins calls for a European Union military Angela Merkel echoes Emmanuel Macron by calling for the formation of a ‘real, true’ European army
Steven Clarke | 15 November, 2018, 18:53

"This means we Europeans have to take our fate fully into our own hands", Merkel said in the latest of the series of debates on the Future of Europe in the European Parliament. "The times when we could rely on others is past", she said.

"We need to develop our monetary policy better", she told European MPs this week.

Merkel said such an armed forces would not undermine the US -led military alliance North Atlantic Treaty Organisation but could be complementary to it.

In his remarks on November 6, Macron had been referring to computer hackers who could attack Europe from anywhere, including from inside the United States, officials said.

US President Donald Trump has attacked his French counterpart in a series of tweets that underscored how much the once-friendly ties between the two leaders have soured, days after returning from Paris.

"I think that the proportion of women in our Parliaments is a basic issue of our democracy".

Dr Merkel's sudden emphasis on the French idea of creating a new European army is designed to hide the fact that, on nearly any other major EU topic, she is failing to support France's stances. But former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry noted that France helped the fledgling United States win its war of independence against Britain in the 18th century and criticized Trump for "insulting our oldest ally".

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The confrontational stance of the Trump administration was described by journalist Josh Rogin in a Washington Post opinion piece. "He was freelancing and he's not representing the president or the administration".

A European Army consisting of soldiers from countries comprising the European Union (EU) and allied European nations might be on the march "one day" in the future.

"To me, Merkel's warmongering speech - which was made just over 48 hours after Europe marked the centenary of the Great War Armistice- is nothing less than shameless warmongering that aims to pit the whole of Europe against traditional allies such as the US".

Sketching out the government's AI strategy, Merkel's chief of staff said last week the plan would focus on how to gather more data, support research, retain skilled workers and encourage them to found start-ups.

Angela Merkel has been confused on the weekends with the wife of the French President, Emmanuel Macron.

"The European Project was set up to stop German domination; what you've seen today is a naked takeover bid", he added. They also proposed a European security Council-with changing members.

During her 25-minute speech, the chancellor mentioned Brexit only once, describing it as a "deep wound".

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