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Author(s)Vladimir Mukhin
SourceCurrent Digest of the Russian Press, The ,  No.45,  Vol.68, November  07, 2016, page(s):15-16
  • Military Alliances
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Author: Vladimir Mukhin

(By Vladimir Mukhin. Nezavisimaya gazeta, Nov. 11, 2016, p. 2. Condensed text:) Donald Trump’s unexpected victory in the US presidential election [see the first two features in this issue, above] seems to be prodding the leadership of the European Union to finally make the decision to establish its own army on the continent. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker regards this as an "inevitable process" because, in his opinion, the US will eventually stop ensuring Europe’s security. As is known, in the course of his election campaign, Trump has repeatedly stated that America should stop being "the world’s policeman" and focus on dealing with its domestic problems.

However, according to the EU leadership, there are additional reasons for establishing an independent army. These include Great Britain’s decision to exit the EU, the escalating migration crisis, the threat of the proliferation of terrorism in Europe, and finally, the so-called threat allegedly coming from Russia. Even before the US election results were announced, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini promised to draft proposals on strengthening the military component of European security and defense policy by the end of November. In September 2016, France and Germany put forward a plan to create a joint military force that would match NATO’s military capability. The plan is due to be finalized next month.

So far, Mogherini has not officially supported Juncker’s idea of establishing a European army. Nevertheless, on Nov. 7, addressing the chiefs of the general staffs of EU member countries in Brussels, she said that on Nov. 14, she intended to discuss with the foreign and defense ministers of EU member countries an Implementation Plan on Security and Defense. According to her, it contains three priorities: enabling the EU to respond to conflicts and crises; further enhancing security and defense capacities of EU partners; and strengthening the EU’s capabilities to protect European citizens. The first steps along this path ...

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