STRASBOURG (REUTERS) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Tuesday (Nov 13) for an integrated European Union military, echoing language used by French President Emmanuel Macron last week which irritated US President Donald Trump.
"We should work on a vision of one day establishing a real European army," Merkel told the European Parliament during a keynote speech in which she consciously backed Macron's call for European defence planning, operations and weapons development.
Merkel said such an armed forces would not undermine the US-led military alliance Nato but could be complementary to it.
Her remarks drew loud applause in the legislature but also boos from nationalist members.
President Macron of France has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the U.S., China and Russia.
Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of NATO, which the U.S. subsidizes greatly!
Emmanuel Macron suggests building its own army to protect Europe against the U.S., China and Russia. »