German Chancellor Angela Merkel has joined the president of France in calling for the development of a “real, true” European army to defend the continent, according to The Independent.
> The German chancellor’s backing for the force comes amid a spat with US president Donald Trump, who took offence to a suggestion by Emmanuel Macron that such an army could ensure Europe’s security in the shadow of the United States.
> Ms Merkel endorsed the creation of the army while addressing MEPs at the European parliament in Strasbourg.
> “We should work on a vision of one day establishing a real, true European army,” Ms Merkel said.
Macron made a similar call last week, saying Europe must create an army not only to reduce dependence on the United States but possibly even to defend itself against the U.S.
> “We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America.
> “We will not protect the Europeans unless we decide to have a true European army.”
> He added: “When I see President Trump announcing that he’s quitting a major disarmament treaty which was formed after the 1980s Euro-missile crisis that hit Europe, who is the main victim? Europe and its security.”