12 May, 2015
An EU Army: fantasy or political project?
On Tuesday 2 June, the Union of European Federalists organised a debate at the Representation of the State of Hessen to the European Union to bring together MEPs and experts, who would reflect on the advantages or disadvantages of a common EU army.

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Recent comments on the creation of an EU army by the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen, have re-opened a debate that is long overdue. The security threats at the border of Europe, from the Middle East to Russia, should lead to a serious reflection on ways to enhance European security and defence policy. Today EU’s defence policies remain national, essentially based on an intergovernmental approach, and completely dependent on the US, leading the EU to be indecisive, slow, uncoordinated and ineffective when reacting to external crisis.

If needed, what would be the first steps towards an EU army considering the possibilities and constraints of the Lisbon Treaty? On the longer-term, what would the project of an EU army entail in terms of European military capabilities, relations with national military capabilities, relations with NATO? And what would it required in terms of evolution of the EU as a political entity?

For more details on this conference, please find the report here.

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