On March 8, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told the newspaper Welt am Sonntag that a common army would help Europe react to security problems both in and outside the European Union, Censor.NET reports.
"A European army cannot emerge immediately," former Prime Minister of Luxembourg said, adding with regard to the Ukraine crisis: "But a joint army of Europeans would give Russia the impression that we are serious about upholding the values of the European Union."
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Juncker stressed the symbolic meaning of the project: "A common army would show that the European countries would never involve in a war with each other". "It would help us build a common foreign and security policy and jointly assume the responsibilities of Europe in the world," he said.
However, it should not compete with NATO, he said stressing the organizational and financial benefits of participation in the project. "Rather, a European army would lead to an intensive cooperation in the development and purchase of military equipment and bring significant savings," he added.
Europe has lost prestige, Juncker complained. "Even in foreign policy other countries do not seem to take us seriously," EU Commission President said.