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well here we go with an ECFR outline for the starting point for an EU Army!
You will remember the lies from the Remai9n Campaign & their corrupt supporters the British Government led by David Cameron & Osborne who both had to quit when the peoples of Britain saw through their lies and duplicity in support of the EU and voted, in the largest vote in British history, where the clear majority for an UNCONDITIONAL BreXit was the democratic choice of the majority in Britain’s second Referendum on membership of the EU.
The answer of the majority of the eligible electorate was Leave-The-EU and already before we have even left the EU is laying down plans for its own army, starting with a so called EU Security Force – You will remember this was one of the very major claims of Remainers that there was no intention to have an EU Army!
The vote in the Second Referendum on EU membership in 2016 was very clearly Unequivocally in favour of BreXit – no ifs, no buts and NO Conditions were stipulated on the ballot paper so can we no accelerate the departure with the support of all honourable men and women who believe in democracy working together to make the most we possibilities offered by BreXit.
Time for a combat-ready European Security Force
It is time for Europe to move beyond institutional integration and develop practical security capabilities.
Berlin, 15 February 2018 | The coalition agreement between Germany’s CDU, CSU and SPD parties commits Germany to supporting the development of a ‘European Defence Union’ through permanent structured cooperation (PESCO), the European Defence Fund and “further steps on the way to an “Army of Europeans””.
The European Council on Foreign Relations has now published a proposal to develop this commitment in practice. Norbert Röttgen (CDU) Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the German Bundestag, and Mark Leonard, Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), call for European defence to move institutional integration and develop practical capabilities.
Their proposal calls for greater defence spending, a focus on new technologies, and the creation of a combat-read ‘flexible European Security Force’.
Such a force would go well beyond the existing ‘EU battlegroups’ in both scale and design. The authors envisage a substantial force, in the region of 100,000 soldiers, who would share equipment and permanently train together.
Rather than a ‘European Army’ that would replace national military forces, this would be an additional ‘Army of Europeans’, combining a small proportion of existing troops and equipment with new forces and resources. Crucially, each country would retain their existing, fully functional, independent military force.
Norbert Röttgen, ECFR Board Member, says: „It is widely accepted that Germany is not capable of providing territorial defence and fulfilling its commitments in defence alliances. This touches the very core of statehood and undermines the trust of citizens. Such conditions are not acceptable. However, I do not believe that German operational readiness and alliance capabilities will be guaranteed nationally in the future. We need European capabilities for this.”
Mark Leonard, Director of the pan European think tank, explains: „There is a discrepancy between European rhetoric and actual capabilities in security policy. We want to promote a realistic security integration with our proposal. The ’Army of Europeans’ is about creating additional military capabilities, instead of substituting national capabilities as a ‘European Army’ would do. It is also crucial that states who want to join this force have to fulfil ambitious entry requirements.”
NOTES TO THE EDITORS
Read the input paper online: http://www.ecfr.eu/article/commentary_a_new_beginning_for_european_defence
Mark Leonard is co-founder and director of the European Council on Foreign Relations.
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This paper, like all ECFR publications, represents the views of its authors, not the collective position of ECFR or its Council Members.
The European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) is the first pan-European think-tank. Launched in October 2007, its objective is to conduct research and promote informed debate across Europe on the development of coherent and effective European values based foreign policy. ECFR is an independent charity and funded from a variety of sources. For more details go to www.ecfr.eu/about/donors
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With an avg. 1.2M voters per MEP & Britain with 16% of EU GDP and 13% of the EU’s population yet having only 8% (if united) say whilst holding less than 3% of the various offices within the EU Do note The EUropean Parliament has no ability to make policy and has a Commission of unelected bureaucrats, thus clearly the EU is not even a pretence of being a democracy!Do note that many senior apparatchicks and even elected politicians speak openly of the ‘Post Democratic era’ with no sense of shame or irony and in complete contempt of the so called electorate – yet The EU & many of its vassal States/Regions are all too willing to slaughter people in Sovereign States, to impose The EU’s chosen brand of democracy on them!Now as President Junker announced in his ‘State of the union’ speech 2017 the aim is to create an EU military force and centralise ever more of the decision making and control!
The imposition of a Government and policies upon its vassal regions such as the peoples of Greece shows just how far from being a democracy the EU is.
There will be little or no change in Britain’s economic position, when we leave the EU, using a better negotiated, customised & updated version of the ‘Norway Model’ as a stepping stone to becoming a full member of the Eropean Economic Area, where all will benefit, as we secure trade relations with the EU’s vassal regions, with an EFTA style status and can trade and negotiate independently on the global stage, as members of The Commonwealth and the Anglosphere.
Do not overlook the fact that politicians have plotted and schemmed since the 1950s and we have actually been vassals of the EU, when it was still using the aesopian linguistics and calling itself The Common Market in the early 1970s, a name the bureaucrats arbitrarily changed to EUropean Union in the early 1990s as they worked towards their long term goals of an ever closer centrally controlled Political and economic Union with its own anthem, currency, flag and rigid central control by its self appointed bureacrats towards a new Empirate –
It will take many years to rectify the mess our political class got us into and we have no other peacefull means by which to extricate ourselves than to depend on that self same self styled elite, who all too often forget they work for us!
One huge benefit of BreXit will be that we can negotiate with bodies like the WTO, UN, WHO, IMF, CODEX and the like, directly, in our own interest and that of our partners around the world, in both the Commonwealth and the Anglosphere at large; rather than having negotiations and terms imposed by unelected EU bureacrats and their interpretation of the rules handed down, as if they were some great achievement of the EU’s!The greatest change and benefit will be political, as we improve our democracy and self determination, with the ability to deselect and elect our own Government, with an improved Westminster structure, see >Harrogate Agenda<.
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