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‘European army is inevitable’ – German
Reuters via RT - Michaela Rehle
Germany’s parliamentary defense commissioner, Hans-Peter Bartels, has
renewed calls for a joint EU army amid concerns about the reliability of
the NATO alliance and disorganization and fragmentation of national
Speaking to the German Press Agency on Monday, Hans-Peter Bartels, the
Germany Parliamentary Commissioner for the Armed Forces, called on the
28-nation bloc’s militaries to unite into a single armed force.
“We are currently disorganized, technically fragmented and duplicate
structures unnecessarily,” Bartels said, as quoted by the Telegraph. “We
do not want to go down the solitary national path anymore. Not in
Germany, not in the Netherlands, not in the Czech Republic and not in
“In the end, there will be a European army,” he stated.
Since around 2013, Germany has been overseeing efforts towards closer EU
defense integration through the Framework Nations Concept, through which
it plans to share troops and capabilities with other European countries.
Two Dutch brigades have already been integrated into the Bundeswehr’s
Rapid Response Forces Division and 1st Armored Division, and there are
also plans for Czech and Romanian forces to do the same.
In March, the European Union also announced the opening of a “joint
military headquarters.” However, the center employs a mere 30 staff and
its remit only extends to training missions in Mali, Somalia and the
Central African Republic. EU Foreign Affairs Minister Federica Mogherini
said that the joint military headquarters was “not a European army,” and
that NATO would remain Europe’s go-to organization for defense and
Aside from Bartels, the concept of a European army has also been put
forward by other figures in the EU establishment including the President
of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, who told the newspaper
Die Welt in 2015 that “a common European army would convey a clear
message to Russia that we are serious about defending our European
There has been more talk of greater Europe defense integration,
repeatedly opposed by Britain but supported by Germany and France, in
the wake of Donald Trump’s remarks about NATO being “obsolete.” The US
president had complained that some of America’s allies are not paying
enough money towards their own defense. In May, German Chancellor Angela
Merkel proclaimed that Europe can no longer depend on its allies in
Britain and the United States and that “we Europeans truly have to take
our fate into our own hands.”
The Europeans are currently debating which form of military integration
the EU states would choose to proceed with, after last November the EU
Parliament passed a resolution paving the way for the creation of a
defense union. The resolution envisions dedicating 2 percent of member
nations’ GDP to defense, as well as establishing EU multinational forces
to allow the bloc to act in any situation in which “NATO is unwilling
Currently, the EU is considering three scenarios of integration.
The "Security and Defence Cooperation" scenario would see member states
voluntary contribute to the rising challenges on a case-by-case basis.
The "Shared Security and Defence" scenario entails member states
solidifying their defenses by contributing to a pool of financial and
The last option, the "Common Defence and Security" scenario, would see
the creation a common EU defense policy based on Article 42 of the EU
In the meantime, the European Commission is stepping up the financing of
the defense sector. Earlier this month, Brussels launched the European
Defence Fund, which seeks to generate over €5 billion per year after
2020 to develop and procure new military technologies.