As NATO rage flares over an attempt to fracture the alliance with the EU army, Macron is humiliated as “dishonourable.”
Brussels’ plans for the construction of an EU army enraged NATO leaders, who lashed out at “dishonourable” France for its attacks on the transatlantic alliance.
Despite the creation in 2007 of a system of battlegroups with 1,500 troops, the EU’s efforts to create a rapid response force have been stalled for more than a decade due to funding disagreements and a reluctance to deploy, efforts to create a rapid response force have been paralyzed for more than a decade. However, the withdrawal of US-led troops from Afghanistan has resurrected the issue, with the EU potentially unable to extricate people from countries where it is training foreign troops, such as Mali.
On Thursday, Germany urged the European Union to allow willing coalitions within the EU to quickly deploy military forces in a crisis.
Josep Borrell, the EU’s foreign policy leader, has called for the creation of a 5,000-strong “first entry force” to lessen the bloc’s reliance on the US.
“There are situations that catalyze history, that make a breakthrough, and I believe Afghanistan is one of these cases,” he stated.
He also stated that he planned to have a plan in place by October or November.
After chairing a conference of EU defense ministers in Slovenia, he remarked, “It represents a message to the Europeans; they need to wake up and assume their own responsibilities.”
Emmanuel Macron also questioned the EU’s military partnership with the US under NATO, stating that the EU is currently “too weak” militarily.
“As I have done at every stage in front of the French people, I would like to state today with solid conviction: today’s Europe is too weak, too slow, and too inefficient,” he said.
“However, Europe alone can enable us to act in the world in the face of today’s major challenges.”
The remarks infuriated a NATO official, who told Politico that France’s attack on the coalition was “dishonourable.”
“If France believes Europe is too weak, how can the solution be to make it weaker by separating it domestically and cutting it off from the world’s two largest defense spenders?” they said, referring to the US and the UK.
“There is only one set of forces available to us. The present pool will be weakened by parallel structures.”
Diplomats at a European Union defense meeting. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”