Time for Europeans to commit to NATO, not an EU army

14-Dec-2016 @ 13:15

Geoffrey Van Orden Geoffrey Van Orden

Geoffrey Van Orden Geoffrey Van Orden

Geoffrey Van Orden Geoffrey Van Orden

Time for Europeans to commit to NATO, not an EU army

Speaking in the European Parliament today, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called for a “high level of ambition” when the European Council discusses security and defence tomorrow afternoon. He wants the EU to be responsible for the protection of its citizens and “not just to be a soft power”.

Consservate Defence spokesman Geoffrey Van Orden MEP commented:

“The EU sees every crisis as an opportunity to push its own self-interested agenda. At a time of heightened international tension the last thing we need is the EU trying to set up its own army separate from NATO. But this is precisely its aim and it has dangerous consequences.

“The NATO Secretary General and our national leaders need to be robust in insisting on NATO primacy in defence and to discourage the EU from setting up separate structures. EU egotism is totally misplaced.

“The EU countries that are also NATO members - 22 out of 28 - need to signal to President-elect Trump that it is NATO that is important to them and they intend to carry a larger share of the burden of defence through the great transatlantic Alliance that has served them well over six decades.

“The EU should focus on rectifying the many mistakes it has made in recent years which have contributed to the feeling of insecurity that now abounds.

“Strong British defence capabilities, through a NATO alliance that we share, is very much in the interests of continental Europe. The EU needs to signal that Brexit will be carried out in a spirit of friendship and cooperation and not allow its spokesmen to give the impression of a spiteful rift with Britain.”

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