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Macron wants ‘real European army’ to combat Russian threat, not reliance on US

Macron wants ‘real European army’ to combat Russian threat, not reliance on US

Via RT


French President Emmanuel Macron is pushing for a “real European army” to better defend the continent against Russia. He also said Europe, which mainly depends on the US for security, won’t rely solely on its overseas ally.

In a lengthy interview to Europe 1 radio, the French president once again revived his ambitious plans for a combined EU military force. “We won’t protect Europeans if we don’t decide to have a real European army.” 

Russia… is near our borders and has shown it could be threatening.

Macron wants the EU military to be independent from its key partner on the other side of the Atlantic. “We must have a Europe that can defend itself on its own without relying only on the United States,” he said, echoing earlier statements.

In the interview, Macron also criticized US President Donald Trump for deciding to withdraw from the decades-old Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). “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.”

Macron rhetoric aimed at election boost, not actual army

The idea of a joint European armed force has been floating around since the 1950s, but was never allowed happen for real due to political and economic reasons, Evgeny Osipov from the Institute of World History in Moscow told RT.

The current resurgence of the idea has been fueled by the rhetoric of US President Donald Trump and may get a boost from Brexit, since without Britain as part of the EU, France and Germany will have more leeway in promoting it. But economy always was and remains the biggest obstacle here.

“Creating joint European armed forces and a truly united European defense is an expensive project. At the moment there is no money for it in the European budget and it’s not clear where this money is expected to come from,” he said. “The European economy remains unstable. There are factors making it less stable, like the situation in Italy… Some European nations are simply not used to spending money on defense.”

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Sergey Fedorov, an expert on French affairs, from Moscow’s Institute of Europe agreed, pointing out that even without Britain the US-dominated NATO will have its advocates in the EU, including Poland and the three Baltic states. He added that even countries less known as conduits of American interests in Europe prefer buying US-made weapons rather than invest in competing European projects. For example, Belgium and the Netherlands both recently sealed deals for American fighter jets.

NATO is 70 percent American and without the US NATO will not exist, frankly speaking. So the French idea to ‘europeize NATO’ is yet to show its viability, and whether or not the US allows it is debatable too.

Macron’s rhetoric has less to do with actually changing the way Europe defends itself and more to do with the upcoming European Parliament elections next year, Osipov believes. The election is expected to strengthen the positions of populist and right-wing forces, which will be contrary to Macron’s integration agenda.

He is trying to play for votes in the May 2019 election, strengthen the position of pro-European parties in the European Parliament.

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RussG553
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RussG553

“to combat Russian threat”. What threat, you idiot? All Russia wants is to thrive along with every other country. It has no territorial ambitions, just to be left in peace!

Normski
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Normski

You beat me to it!. What threat?.

Anthony Wicher
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Anthony Wicher

I hope the idiot goes for it. At least the U.S. won’t have to pay for it.

Walter Dublanica
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Good idea Macron. Now the U. S. can rid itself of NATO expenses. And remember Macron what happened when France invaded Russia back in 1812, also the Germans in 1941.

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

And Europe is near Russian border and could be threatening too. What kind of nonsense is this, Mr. Macron??? All we get lately is talk of war and more war. Be careful what we wish for…

Normski
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Normski

Perhaps he’s worried his grandma, sorry wife might get hurt!.

Anthony Wicher
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Anthony Wicher

Does this mean the U.S. will leave NATO?

Shaun Ramewe
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Shaun Ramewe

‘How dare Russia kill our terrorist mercenary armies’ says false-flagging pro-terror war criminal Matron deep down inside!! ‘Let’s again just sneakily lie about Moscow some more here then’!!

wiggins
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wiggins

Daft bint…………

wiggins
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wiggins

Daft bint…

Platon
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Platon

“Macron: “Russia… is near our borders and has shown it could be threatening.”
Ah! Mini-Micron – the world’s first self-avowed Motherfckr.

I love the finesse of “Russia’s borders are near our border.”
In this NATOOTAN sense of the word ‘near,’ the whole planet is near the Atlantic.

But he is not French, and he is arguably not a man, but another in the long line of Oriental Jew, Goldman Sachs-owned ‘Presidents’ of France. Since Sarkozy, France has been occupied territory.

France is now a satrapy of the Talmudo-Satanist global Empire.
The heart of Europe is dead. The corpse will topple soon.

thomas malthaus
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I suggest Mr. Putin treat Ukraine and France equally: Actively engage business and academic contacts in France where Russia is able to draw the finest business and STEM talent to live and prosper in Russia.

Macron and Company would be forced to subsist on the finest intellectual talent Africa and the Middle East has sent there way.

Hollande, Sarkozy, Macron et al. have screwed France without any support from Mr. Putin.

jim bim
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jim bim

Mini Napoleon wants a grande army.

Hovid
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Macron IS an idiot and more on military matters. He is afraid of a military coup as he doesn’t trust the officers.

John Nolan
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John Nolan

One is, unfortunately, totally baffled by the gross ignorance, spinelessness, apathy of not only the Amazian citizens, but all the rest of the global populace, who, it appears, do not have the mental capabilities to correctly interpret, understand that Amazia, the strong arm of the Fatican, are just doing what they are told. Chump is another pawn, or prawn, in the planned world takeover, which is all but complete, and has, as is stated in this brilliant article, is just a talking head, used to convince the masses that everything is under control, that, in the long run, the ‘good’… Read more »

TheCelotajs
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TheCelotajs

That is funny because the US had to bail out France twice now one during World War I and again in World War II because all the Brits and French could do is hide in tranches.

Olivia Kroth, author and journalist
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Monsieur Macron is a foolish youngster playing with fire. A “European Army” fighting Russia and the USA! A two-front-war? France never won any war whatsoever, neither World WAR I nor World War II, although they pretend they did. I wonder who put this mindless puppet on the “throne” of the French presidency. It must have been Pentagon and the CIA. Because the US “Deep State” hates President Trump and President Putin. Europe defending itself against the Russian Federation and the USA? I suppose Monsieur Macron missed his geography lessons, when the teacher talked about the geographical size of the USA… Read more »

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