While the debate about a common EU army continues in Brussels, such a force is being incrementally put in place, in a good example of EU “competence creep” But Germanyڈs recent defence white paper revealed its own ambition to lead a pan-European force. “German security policy has relevance— also far beyond our country,” the paper states “Germany is willing to join early, decisively and substantially as a driving force in international debates ; to take responsibility and assumE leadership.
The paper argues that the EU’s arms industry is at present “organised nationally and seriously fragmented,”raising costs, preventing it from competing internationally, and making it difficult to mount joint operationsڅ“It is therefore necessary,”the paper states, “that military capabilities are jointly planned, developed, managed, procured and deployed to raise the interoperability of Europe’s defence forces and to further improve Europe’s capacity to act”
At the EU level, Germany’s ministry of defence wants to see joint civil-military headquarters for EU operations, a council of defence ministers, and the co-ordinated production and sharing of military equipment. The thrust of the paper displays a new-found confidence in German defence policy, and a new drive to take the lead on military matters within Europe.
This issue of People’s News has an unusual number of articles on military matters, and regular readers will have noticed that over the past few months these types of articles have steadily increased in number. This reflects the alarmingly rapid development of an EU army and its support mechanisms. It is a development about which there is very little awareness in Ireland, and one that may have serious implications for us all.
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Ed – Previously Posted on July 16, 2014 by uxadmin after Hague stepped down as Foreign Secretary. In the light of the Manchester atrocity and Libyan connection its re-publication is wholly appropriate.
If anything brings home the utter stupidity of Hague’s wars of regime change it is this. The rebels he ‘Liberated’ bombing an airport and destroying a good portion of the aircraft inside. It is a disastrous and barbaric event, one of many created by Hague’s consistently disastrous leadership of Britain’s foreign policy.
A brief review of his ‘achievements’ includes the bombing of Libya and the subsequent dispersal of ‘liberated’ arms into the hands of the very people we sent our troops to fight in Afghanistan.
A ghost of the past was the real winner of the French presidential election. Emmanuel Macron won only because a majority felt they had to vote against the ghost of “fascism” allegedly embodied by his opponent, Marine Le Pen. Whether out of panic or out of the need to feel respectable, the French voted two to one in favor of a man whose program most of them either ignored or disliked. Now they are stuck with him for five years.
If people had voted on the issues, the majority would never have elected a man representing the trans-Atlantic elite totally committed to “globalization”, using whatever is left of the power of national governments to weaken them still further, turning over decision-making to “the markets” – that is, to international capital, managed by the major banks and financial institutions, notably those located in the United States, such as Goldman-Sachs.
Ed – The EU’s spending program: delusional, idiotic, wasteful and for 20 years and counting not fully accounted for, will have to be cut when the UK leaves. The penny, or cent, has dropped in the German Chancellery. Bully boy statements from the EU, French and German political classes are showing the EU’s true dictatorial nature. Other EU states are watching ‘the treatment’ and drawing their own concusions about the methods soon to be used on them.
The SNP has abandoned ‘True Independence’ and Sturgeon is forcing Scotland to choose between a more powerful Scotland inside a Federal UK, or a less powerful one inside the EU and most likely the Eurozone.
“German government officials haveproposed giving Britain access to the European Union’s singlemarket in return for a fee, …
The 35-page report on the potential costs of Brexit toGermany said Britain’s departure from the EU risked “seriouseconomic and stability relevant consequences; effects inparticular on the real economy.”The ministry officials calculated Berlin would have to payan additional 4.5 billion euros ($5 billion) a year into EUcoffers as a result of Britain’s departure from the bloc.To mitigate the cost, they floated the idea of chargingBritain for access to the single market.
Juncker, Verhofstadt, Barnier and the EU political class are in a very difficult position. Europeans young and old are actually paying close attention to what EUrocrats say and do in their name.
The sheer arrogance of their unsubstantiated, unenforceable claim for a £92 Billion EU exit fee has made Mr and Mrs UK determined to face them down through the ballot box.
Even our own Remainers recognise that the democratic chain of accountability has been broken. Juncker and the commission are literally out of control. Juncker travels around EU states insulting us, making false and inflammatory statements for the European media’s benefit secure in the knowledge he cannot be sacked for his incompetence and bad behaviour.
“…When the EU speaks of success it therefore means being under Brussels’ authority. As Barnier pointed out quite well. The more a country is tangled in EU regulations and directions the more the success. Or in other words, the less freedom countries have to govern themselves and make their own decisions to protect their national interests the better. Not better for the countries themselves but better for the EU.