Macron Calls For “Real European Army” – Decries Trump’s INF Pullout As Harming EU Security

Macron Calls For “Real European Army” – Decries Trump’s INF Pullout As Harming EU Security

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French President Emmanuel Macron had enough to say in a new and lengthy interview with Europe 1 radio to anger officials in both Washington and Moscow.

While calling for greater independence in European defense he managed to take aim at both Russia and the United States, saying “We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the US.” He proposed in the Tuesday interview while at an event commemorating 100 years since the end of WWI that European leaders create a “real European army” not only to better defend the continent against Russia, but also to extricate French and European policy from that of the United States.

“We won’t protect Europeans if we don’t decide to have a real European army,” Macron said. “We must have a Europe that can defend itself on its own without relying only on the United States,” he asserted.

He further framed the idea in terms of combating rising nationalism and populism at home which might threaten the fragile peace on the continent, in an indirect reference to the build-up of tensions behind WWI. He called for a “stronger, protective Europe,” and decried an “increasingly fractured” continent that’s recently witnessed nationalism on the ascent.

Amidst discussing the ambitious proposal, which could make NATO further obsolete in the long-run, the French president took a swipe at Trump. Speaking of President Trump’s recent decision to withdraw from the Reagan-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), Macron said:

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.

He said, “Russia… is near our borders and has shown it could be threatening,” and alarmingly described that “Peace in Europe is precarious.”

The closest thing to a current “EU army” that does exist (if it can be called even that) – the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) – is generally perceived as more of a civil and emergency response joint EU member mechanism that would be ineffectual under the threat of an actual military invasion or major event.

There’s been similar grumblings over the US decision to pull out of the INF in Germany, though Macron was the first head of state openly level the charge that the Trump White House is now putting European security at risk. Germany and France and other European countries have also sought to salvage the Iran nuclear deal, and have sought ways to circumvent US sanctions on Tehran.

Within the past year Trump has pushed for NATO countries to pull their weight in terms of defense spending. According to 2017 numbers, the U.S. accounted for 51.1% of NATO’s combined GDP and 71.7% of its combined defense expenditure, which amounts to more American funds to NATO than Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the UK and Canada combined.

Thus the natural and long term by-product of a “real European army” — as Macron is suggesting — would be the slow eroding and demise of US power in the region, something that Putin would also no doubt welcome, so maybe there’s actually mutual interests in Paris and Moscow here.

via www.zerohedge.com


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    carl 2 weeks

    He further framed the idea in terms of combating rising nationalism and populism at home which might threaten the fragile peace on the continent, in an indirect reference to the build-up of tensions behind WWI. He called for a “stronger, protective Europe,” and decried an “increasingly fractured” continent that’s recently witnessed nationalism on the ascent.

    That populism is born out of Brussells forcing Muslim immigrants on member nations. Just like American Democrats when the population says no they double down on their totalitarianism of illegal immigration.

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    Jerry Hughes 2 weeks

    Sounds good froggie, you liberal garbage have been hiding behind our skirts for 50 years, while you bought votes with your handouts, free everything.
    Lets see if you can take care of yourself and keep the handouts

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    who does he want to pay for it THE UNITED STATES. Why they can not even pay their dues to NATO how doe they think they can fund a European military. What a Joke

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      Hey they went and made a DEAL for Gas from RUSSIA! No one made them make that Deal! To they are the ones that believed XPres. Obama who suggested it would be the RIGHT thing to do for the EU to take in MILLIONS OF REFUGEES even though they had no PLAN OR MONEY!!!

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    Tom Downs 2 weeks

    I agree with Macron. He sees the writing on the wall that Trump is going to pull us out of the UN. With rumors that the UN is backing the illegal immigrant migration coming up from Honduras….that is an attempt to influence our elections. If this proves to be true, an enraged American populace will certainly demand getting out of the UN. Europe will be fine. They will probably do something really stupid and get in a war with Russia or the Middle Eastern block and we will have to bail them out. Again!

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      Joan Garrity 2 weeks

      I would expect that we would not bail them out this time-we have enough problems of our own, warding off the invasion of this and other caravans to come. Keep most of our troops here at home to protect our borders. With all the technology and new weaponry, why is it necessary to have thousands of troops stationed in other countries, especially those countries that do not want us there, but want the defense, and the American $$ that come with the troops? I have always thought that our entry into the UN was a huge mistake, and certainly that headquarters being in NYC is unwise at best, and foolish at worst. But that is just my opinion-thought the UN headquarters should be someplace more neutral.

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    lisalles 2 weeks

    Yes Macron. You should finance your own army. Stop relying on the US to finance your defence. The EU has been nothing but critical of the US so why would you expect us to pay for your protection? You are like the 30 year old son living in moms basement….bragging to his friends he has a great credit rating, never bounced a check, has the latest cell phones and criticizing everyone else because they dont have money to spare.

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    Sawtooth46 2 weeks

    I wonder if the U.S. will bail France out a second time after pinheads like Macron will be forced into Muslim prayer five times a day after a political takeover.

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