About: EU army

EU Elections 2019 10-01-2019

Trump is ‘not America,’ Weber says after US downgrades EU diplomatic status

One of the frontrunners to take up the next EU Commission Presidency, Manfred Weber, responded to concerns over the US Trump administration on Wednesday (9 January), saying that the President "is not America".
Defence policy 08-06-2017

Austria divided over idea of EU army

The idea of creating a powerful EU army continues to divide opinion in neutral Austria. Critics of the plan say its neutrality is incompatible with joint military cooperation. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 21-03-2017

European defence and the Eurocorps model

Today it is clear that a robust European Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) is a must, and the time to enhance it has come, writes Lieutenant General Alfredo Ramirez.
Global Europe 06-03-2017

EU takes first steps towards military HQ

EU foreign and defence ministers on Monday (6 March) agreed to create a joint command centre for the bloc’s military missions, a step towards more EU cooperation on security and defence.
Future EU 01-03-2017

Commission pushes for stronger defence, trade and border powers after Brexit

The European Commission has said it could accept reduced responsibility for some policy areas, but only in return for greatly strengthened powers over defence, border control, migration, counter-terrorism and trade.
Global Europe 10-02-2017

MEPs urge EU countries to boost defence cooperation ‘in times of external crisis’

In light of the new fragile status quo in international politics, MEPs passed yesterday (09 February) a resolution urging member states to show greater political will to cooperate in the defence field.
Global Europe 27-01-2017

The Brief: Can the Ukrainian model solve the Brexit conundrum?

Britain is having a mid-life crisis and wants, after 40 years of marriage to the EU, to trade the bloc in for a younger model.
Future EU 27-01-2017

Trump will divide Europe

European leaders want to strengthen defence cooperation to prepare for the rest of Trump’s presidency and a weakened NATO. However, the new president will most likely divide Europe, not bring it together, warns Jonas J. Driedger.
Security 30-11-2016

European Defence Union: The return of ‘hard power’

The EU is stepping up its efforts on common defence policy and a "coalition of the willing" could quickly deploy EU troops and promote common defence projects. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Security 18-11-2016

EU defence in an age of uncertainty and crisis

The refugee crisis, the election of Donald Trump, the UK’s Brexit vote and the ever-present threat of terrorism, mean current conditions seem right for EU governments to take steps toward deeper military coordination or even integration, writes Richard Maher.
Security 15-11-2016

Divided Austria unites in opposition to EU army

Calls for an "EU army" to be set up have increased since Donald Trump's US election victory, but neutral Austria, at least, is handling the issue very carefully. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 15-11-2016

EU backs minimalist defence plan in effort not to undermine NATO

EU ministers approved a common defence plan yesterday (14 November) despite sharp differences over how far it should go, as Donald Trump's election win stoked fears about Washington's commitment to European security.
Security 10-11-2016

Mogherini calls EU a peace ‘superpower’, in wake of Trump win

The European Union is becoming a "superpower" that is indispensable to world peace, the bloc's foreign affairs chief said earlier today (10 November), as Europe continued to react to Donald Trump's US election victory.

Global Europe 17-10-2016

Barnier: ‘If we do not stick together, we are doomed’

Michel Barnier, Jean-Claude Juncker's special advisor on European defence, on Friday (15 October) called for the EU to establish a €3-4 billion defence budget. EURACTIV France reports.
Security 13-09-2016

Germany and France seek stronger EU defence after Brexit

Germany and France have outlined plans to deepen European military cooperation, a document showed on Monday (12 September), as Britain's exit from the European Union removes one of the biggest obstacles to stronger EU defence in tandem with NATO.
Global Europe 05-09-2016

EU army? Much ado about nothing

The creation of a “European army” has appeared to some politicians as a realistic possibility, now that the UK can't obstruct such a goal. Big statements have been made at high levels, but analysts question the substance behind the rhetoric. The EURACTIV network reports.
Security 26-08-2016

Eastern EU leaders call for joint army at summit with Germany

Eastern EU countries on Friday (26 August) pushed for the bloc to create a joint army as they met with Germany for talks on sketching Europe's post-Brexit future.
Global Europe 20-07-2016

Hollande embarks on tour to push for European ‘army’

French President François Hollande visited Portugal on Tuesday (19 July) and will stop over in Ireland on Thursday (21 July) in an attempt to reinforce the foundations of the EU, including fostering increased defence cooperation, following the terrorist attack in Nice last week. EURACTIV France reports.
Security 14-07-2016

Germany proposes allowing foreigners to join its army

Germany's defence minister wants to allow its armed forces to recruit nationals from other EU countries to combat a shortfall in personnel. EURACTIV's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Brexit 27-05-2016

EU to unveil military cooperation plan…after Brexit vote

The European Union said Friday (27 May) it will unveil plans for closer military cooperation after Britain's referendum on whether to leave the bloc, but denied they were secret proposals for an EU army.
Global Europe 20-05-2016

Conflict analyst: EU would have ‘second most powerful military on Earth’

The EU would have "the second most powerful military" in the world if its members pooled its resources, insisted the co-director of the Institute of Studies on Conflict and Humanitarian Action in an interview with EURACTIV Spain.

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