Commission quizzed over EU army

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The European Commission today (9 March) fielded questions after the executive’s president, Jean-Claude Juncker said an EU army would eventually be needed for the bloc to be taken seriously.

Reporters at the Commission’s midday briefing asked Chief Commission Spokesman Margaritas Schinas if Juncker’s interview was a precursor to EU legislation and what any such force would mean for NATO.

He said that the issue of defence was scheduled to be discussed by EU leaders but stressed Juncker’s comments to the Welt Am Sonntag were nuanced. Any EU army was a long way off, he said.

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