Friday, June 2, 2017
Germany And France In Talks To Establish A New European Security Force
DW: German, French defense ministers talk new European security force
Germany and France say they are working together toward a European security force. The Franco-German initiative is being viewed as a reaction to US President Donald Trump, but it actually goes back a lot further.
At the press conference in Berlin after their first bilateral meeting, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen and her newly-appointed French colleague Sylvie Goulard started with a few words in each other's language. The message was obvious. France and Germany want to be seen as a unit, working hand-in-hand to make Europe more responsible for its own security.
"We know that our common friendship and common work goes far beyond bilateralism," von der Leyen said. "For both of our countries it's crucial that we create more for Europe and that we work together toward a European defense and security union."
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WNU Editor: The creation of an independent EU army has been ongoing for a very long time. And while this new Franco-German initiative is nothing like that .... it is the first step to put into place the mechanism by which EU states can conduct military exercises and pursue military arrangements independent from NATO.