German Chancellor believes that Europe should carry out in-depth military cooperation, Wirtz said. However, according to Merkel, it is a not an immediate project.
It should be reminded that European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has recently proposed the creation of a joint army to counter Russia. The president of Finland also advocated the creation of a single army of the European Union.
This idea has also found support of Minister of Defense of Germany Ursula von der Leyen and head of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier. At the same time the German opposition criticized Juncker's proposal, saying that it was pointed against Russia. The State Duma of the Russian Federation deputies expressed harsh criticism of the project as well.