EUROSCEPTIC campaigners in the Netherlands have been issuing warnings over Brussels’ ambition to create an EU army under the false pretense of a different name.
The EU has been mulling the deployment of 5000 troops from across the bloc as a backup plan in emergency missions in the name of enhanced “strategic autonomy”. The idea, first floated by French President Emmanuel Macron, is taking shape around the EU Commission‘s table and will reach Parliament in Strasbourg soon.
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New Dutch defense minister Kajsa Ollogren attempted to minimize the plan saying the troops are not to be called “EU army” per se.
But Next Denktank campaigners warned: “Defence Minister Kajsa Ollongren (D66) says that the 5000 soldiers that can be quickly deployed by the EU should not be called an EU army.
“Just because you don’t call it an EU army doesn’t mean it isn’t an EU army… 5,000 soldiers are just the beginning.
“They know they don’t have the people on their side, so they play games with language.
“Only 10 percent of the Netherlands wants more EU integration (EenVandaag), let alone that people want an EU army.
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“70 percent do not trust the EU, according to the same poll.”
Earlier this month, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said her team will work with President Macron to strengthen the Schengen area and launch “Defence Europe”.
Speaking alongside the French President for the inauguration of France’s Presidency of the EU Council, she said: “We will also work on strengthening space Schengen, shifting into high gear on Defence Europe, and deepening our partnership with Africa at our summit in Brussels in February.
“We have major projects ahead of us,” she continued.
“The first is that of the climate.