Robert HARNEIS –TDO- (FRANCE)- Austria’s defense minister, Mario Kunasek, has said his nation will not join in the developing plan-European army project, favored by Germany’s Angela Merkel and especially by France’s Emmanuel Macron. He says the EU should concentrate on cooperation, not integration.
The comments from populist-right Freedom Party defense minister Mario Kunasek comes just weeks after French president Macron caused concerns among NATO allies by calling for an EU army to protect the continent from the United States, among other identified threats. He was actually referring to cyber warfare.
Speaking with the Austria Press Agency about achievements made by Austria during its now-completed occupation of the rotating EU presidency and the future of European defense, Kunasek said Austria could not be part of a single EU army with a “command, a uniform, a leadership.”
Indeed, if the EU pushed through a single army regardless Austria would not “play” along, Kunasek saying the nation “will not be there.”
Europe needs “security and defense policy worthy of the name. But that is not comparable to an EU army… What we do not need is a large, closed formation of an army, but more cooperation,” said Kunasek.
Instead of integrating European armed forces into a single body, European leaders should look to cooperate more and utilize what strong defense structures already exist — such as NATO.
The minister said: “We all say yes to good, common structures, joint missions, joint exercises, cooperation and joint financing fund, but no to an EU army, as the citizen might imagine it.”
“Many EU countries are NATO members. It would be illogical to build duplication. There will be strong cooperation with NATO in the future, but if we are serious about the EU, we need to think about common defense.”
The creation of a pan-European army was once dismissed as a hysterical nightmare of British Eurosceptics, who heralded its coming as a clear sign of European integration that was working to subordinate the nations of Europe to a single federal super state.
Former British deputy prime minister Nick Clegg dismissed warnings of a single EU army by Brexit leader Nigel Farage as “a dangerous fantasy” during a debate in April 2014. Fast-forward to 2017, over a year after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, and member states signed up to a European Defense Union.
In November 2017, the unified EU Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini said the bloc was working at “full speed” to create a “continental scale” defense force.
Globalist leaders Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel both turned up the rhetoric on creating an EU army in 2018. This was largely to distract attention from stalled plans to reform the Euro.