Europe ‘Close to My Heart’: Angela Merkel Champions Common EU Defence

Written by | Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is supportive of the idea of a European security council including the creation of European intervention troops – the project championed by France. Discussing the not-so-ideal relations with the United States, she said that it was about time for Germany to “to take a piece of its destiny in its own hands”, adding that “this means that we will have to rely more on Europe, meaning that Germany will have to take more responsibility regarding European defense.” In this light, Berlin – aligned with Paris – supports both a European security council and a squadron of European intervention troops.


Chancellor also urged Europe to talk with one voice, getting over the unanimity rule that is still prevailing on defense and security. She argued that the rule should not be applied in all decisions. Angela Merkel said that she cared deeply about Europe and a common European sentiment.  “This is what we inherited from our forefathers, who all had the experience of war in the backs of their minds, and for those of us who do not have that war experience, we have the great duty and the great task of making this Europe a strong pillar in the world, to ensure prosperity, peace and freedom,” she commented.


The European intervention troops had been agreed upon in June with the aim to create a European military force for rapid deployment during crises. The idea had been spearheaded by French President Emmanuel Macron and the June letter of intent was signed by France, Germany, Belgium, Britain, Denmark, the Netherlands, Estonia, Spain and Portugal.

Article Categories:

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.