Select Page

French president Macron revives idea of ‘true European’ army outside NATO

French President Emmanuel Macron is once again stoking debate over the need for a Europe-wide military force to defend against an increasingly aggressive Russia, a force that critics fear could undercut and compete with the transatlantic NATO alliance.

Mr. Macron in a radio interview this week voiced the need for a “true European army” to fortify the continent’s eastern borders against an increasingly assertive Russia, as well as to deal with more unlikely threats in the years ahead.

“We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America,” Mr. Macron told Europe 1.

Citing the Trump administration’s souring view on NATO, particularly Mr. Trump’s constant pressure for higher defense spending and the clash over the Iran nuclear deal, Mr. Macron said European powers such as France and Germany have been left with no other choice but to create a joint military force of their own. Read more

Read also: Mike Braun unseats Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly in Indiana

French president Macron revives idea of ‘true European’ army outside NATO

French president Macron revives idea of ‘true European’ army outside NATO

French president Macron revives idea of ‘true European’ army outside NATO

French president Macron revives idea of ‘true European’ army outside NATO

French president Macron revives idea of ‘true European’ army outside NATO

French president Macron revives idea of ‘true European’ army outside NATO

French president Macron revives idea of ‘true European’ army outside NATO

French president Macron revives idea of ‘true European’ army outside NATO

French president Macron revives idea of ‘true European’ army outside NATO

French president Macron revives idea of ‘true European’ army outside NATO

French president Macron revives idea of ‘true European’ army outside NATO

French president Macron revives idea of ‘true European’ army outside NATO