Reform and democracy in the EU after the UK referendum? Not a chance. Angela Merkel’s mantra has, and will always be ‘we need more EU not less’. For EU technocrats in Brussels, this is music to their ears, because it means that their lucrative jobs will remain safe and sound.
While many are predicting more countries will wake up, and walk out of the self imposed prison that is the European Union, the Brussels aristocracy has expansion on its mind, well beyond the continent of Europe.
If you thought including Turkey into the union was pushing the boundaries of Europe’s borders, then the latest EU foreign policy document, titled Global Strategy, will make Istanbul feel like Paris.
The leaked EU document calls for an extended reach into new spheres, as distant as the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa.
Expansion and military build up go hand-in-hand, as the Global Strategy document outlines a “gradual synchronisation and mutual adaptation” between different member states’ individual defence strategies.
Ukip’s defence spokesman Mike Hookem said:
“The EU wants its own Empire as former Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso made clear when he was in charge.
“This global strategy by the EU is yet another reason why last Thursday’s result was a lucky escape for the UK.”
The Express UK has more details on how the EU plans to become a global empire.
The latest plans, which reveal how the EU wants autonomy in defence and security matters, were outlined by foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.
The Brussels document said: “European security and defence efforts should enable the EU to act autonomously while also contributing to and undertaking action in co-operation with NATO.
“Member States need the technological and industrial means to acquire and sustain those capabilities which underpin their ability to act autonomously.”
It added: “Gradual synchronisation and mutual adaption of national defence planning cycles and capability development practice can enhance strategic convergence between Member States.”
Discussing if the document showed Brussels were positioning itself as a rival to NATO, Mr Hookem said: “I’m not sure whether in reality it will be a threat to NATO.
“Although I am sure it would like to be, because NATO are competent.”
The latest news about Brussels’ vision for the future of Europe’s defence strategies comes on the eve of commemorations to mark 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme.
The warning of a European army was at the core of the Brexit campaign – supporters argued that the bloc has contributed to peace on the continent for decades.
However, military experts fear the force would erode the power of NATO, which has also contributed to stability in Europe.
Several European politicians have voiced support for the creation of an EU army and the latest strategy document suggests Brussels is pushing ahead with plans for further integration on defence.
Downing Street had previously stated there was “no prospect of an EU army”.
The EU army will not replace NATO, nor be a threat to NATO. We believe an EU army will simply function as a ‘partner in crime’ with NATO, giving the US another military bulwark to spread ‘freedom and democracy’, while enriching defense contractors and Brussels technocrats beyond their wildest imaginations.
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