With Chancellor Merkel busy with the task of building Germany’s next coalition government, France’s President Emmanuel Macron finally mustered the courage to articulate his grand “vision for Europe”: he wants a “joint EU defense force” and a common defense budget, European media report.
This EU Army that Macron is proposing won’t be a NATO-like alliance with the EU member states pitching in troops and military assets for joint training and deployment.
He isn’t the only politician with ambitions of building the trans-national army under EU’s command. In May 2014, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker publicly admitted that in the long run the EU “will need a European army. Because we have to be credible when it comes to foreign policy.”
Last year, the EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini proposed an EU Army, calling it the “permanent structured defense co-operation.” According to media reports at that time, Germany and the Netherlands had agreed to “merge their army and navy to form the nucleus of a single EU military force.”
The Junker-Mogherini plan ran into budgetary trouble when the UK opted to leave the EU following the Brexit vote. With Merkel securely at the helm in Berlin after Sunday’s vote -- or so the Eurocrats believe -- the quixotic plans are back on the drawing board.
The BBC covered Macron’s speech at the Sorbonne university in Paris:
The French president has called for a joint EU defence force as part of his vision for the future of the bloc.
Setting out a series of reforms, Emmanuel Macron proposed greater cooperation on security and the fight against terrorism. (…)
In a major speech at the Sorbonne university in Paris, Mr Macron said he wanted the European Union to boost its common defence systems and have "autonomous capacity for action" through a joint military force.
He called for a shared defence budget and common policy, and said a European training academy should also be created.
Macron isn’t much of a Napoleon, as he would like others to believe. Just weeks after taking office, he ran into trouble with the French Army. The country’s military chief, General Pierre De Villiers, resigned over Macron’s plans in a very public altercation.
After infuriating Napoleon’s Grande Armée, Macron went after pensioners and the working class with his unpopular ‘reform package.’ Predictably, that didn’t add to his approval ratings. His poll numbers are tanking ever since and have touched historic levels.
Macron is rightly suffering from performance anxiety. If he doesn’t have much to show near the end of this presidential term, he will be vacating the Champs-Élysées for Madame le Président, Marine Le Pen. It is highly unlikely that his friends in the EU establishment and mainstream media can fool the French voters a second time. Macron’s grandstanding is part of a desperate comeback plan, as he tries to divert attention from his domestic failures.
This doesn’t make Macron’s vision less dangerous. He is articulating what Eurocrats like Junker and Mogherini have been pushing for a long time.
What was once limited to the realm of fiction or conspiracy theories is now unfolding itself in plain sight. Piece by piece, the European political class is building a Superstate. A military under the unified EU-command would be the last piece in this Orwellian jigsaw.