Joseph Daul insists using ground troops forces to defend Europe is a necessity
Concerns over British troops joining EU defence forces if Britain will not vote to leave the Union after referendum on June 23 took toll on Brussels this week.
The speech of the president of the centre-right European People’s Party marked the “Europe Day” and raised controversy among members of the European Parliament.
Mr. Daul commented on the current situation in the continent:
“World peace cannot be safeguarded without the making of creative efforts proportionate to the dangers which threaten it.
“Today more than ever, the peace of our continent cannot be safeguarded without a common and functional security union, including a European army.
“EU countries must come together and commit to further cooperation, information exchange and counter-radicalisation efforts.
“This is the only way to defend our core values and defend the lives of EU citizens. The EU should protect its citizens.”
Moreover, media following the situation has leaked last week secret German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government plans to form an EU army and call for a common military command center. European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has also showed his support on this plan.
Additionally, the British government has agreed to join forces with the EU military initiatives if Britain decides to stay within the European Union next month over the Brexit vote.