European politicians are again reminded of the necessity of creating a United army. Italian defense Minister Roberta Pinotti has urged the creation of a “defence of Schengen” between Germany, France, Spain and Italy. Experts are skeptical about the idea of such an Alliance, noting that in reality, Europe has no resources on its own military bloc.
On Sunday, Italian defence Minister Roberta Pinotti said in an interview with the newspaper “Messagero” that European defence requires the strengthening of cooperation between Italy, France, Germany and Spain.
“The United States bought expensive European military toy, but endlessly to keep it can’t”
“European defense must be submitted as a single unit, both inside and outside NATO. Europe of “two speeds” should be not only in the economy. The necessary “defense of the Schengen area” by strengthening the cooperation between Italy, France, Germany and Spain”, – quotes the words of the Italian defense Minister TASS.
According to Pinotti, European defence should be strengthened regardless of the behavior of the United States.
“European defence should be strengthened not only in order to increase the defensive capabilities of the EU, but because if inside NATO European States will act separately, it will be an element of weakness. For NATO, it is also important that Europe was United in a defensive strategy,” the Minister added.
Pinotti believes it is important for countries that promote the strengthening of common defence, namely Italy, Germany, France and Spain, further cooperated to expedite implementation of the decisions taken.
Dreams of a unified EU army
Recall that this is not the first statement by European politicians about the need to create its own army. In March 2015, the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in an interview with the Welt am Sonntag newspaper about the need to create a private army of the EU as an instrument for defending the interests of Europe in the world. “A common European army would show the world that the countries – EU members will never be war. Such an army would help us implement a common foreign and security policy”, – said Juncker.
Only possessing their own army, the European Union will be able to respond to a threat to member States of the EU or neighbouring countries, said Juncker. In the list of threats is, of course, is Russia. “The army of the EU is needed in order to use it immediately, but to send a message to Russia that we are serious about protecting the values of the European Union”, – said Juncker.
Then the idea of the head of the European Commission supported in Germany. Europe wants to protect its security architecture, and therefore in creating the same for all countries – EU members of the army makes sense, said the Minister of defense of Germany Ursula von der Leyen. EU countries increasingly work together, including in matters of security policy. “For this intermingling of the army with the prospect of ever having a (common) European army, in my opinion, is the future,” she said in an interview with German radio station Deutschlandfunk.
“We must do everything to prevent the destruction of that world order that we have built in Europe since the Second world war and after the cold war”, she added.
Once Juncker reminded of the need for a single European army in August of last year. “We need a common European foreign policy, security policy and common European defence policy with the aim to create a European army, to be able to fulfill our role in the world,” Juncker said at a forum in Austria. His statement broadcast service of the European Commission.
“The hysteria of the ruling Western elite”
A military expert from Riga Yuri Melkonov believes the statements of some politicians about the establishment of a unified European army “hysteria of the ruling Western elite.”
“The US refusal to pay for the defense of Western Europe put the country in a very uncertain position. Alone, no European country can ensure its security, and the entire experience of history shows that never the European countries could not in reality to unite in a military Alliance, other than short-term alliances, and then only with the involvement of Russia”, – he commented the newspaper VIEW, the statement of the Italian Minister of defence.
Melkonov noted that a military Alliance implies military enemy, but from Italy, France, Germany and Spain this is not the enemy and create it no one is going. In addition, the expert believes that these countries have a huge number of contradictions and a weakening of the role of the US and NATO they will only get worse, and even an avalanche. “It’s like the collapse of the Bank all depositors rushed to rescue their deposits”, – he explained.
In addition, he said, the looming crisis could cause the collapse of the Euro and the economic crisis and “it is much more dangerous offensive hordes of enemy armies.”
“In the modern world many vague, the United States should define its role in the General system of security and economy. The United States the main soldier is a dollar, if not, then everything else is secondary. Never Europe were not United. USA bought expensive European military toy, but endlessly to keep her can not” – summed up the military expert.
Imaginary Russian threat
Chief editor of the magazine “Arsenal Fatherland” Victor murakhovski, in turn, reminded that the Europeans are reminded of the need to create its own military associations from the time of de Gaulle.
“And all this time the idea of creating a single European army is implemented in the form of zilch. There was a time when the military organization of NATO out of France, but other European countries the idea is not supported. Regularly designed and created all of the United eurocorpus, which are part of NATO. There is, for example, the joint Franco-German connections”, – said the military expert of the newspaper VIEW. According to Murakhovsky, all these attempts are empty game. “As long as NATO exists and in this Alliance dominated by the US, will not create any more or less independent or alternative NATO European military coalition. All the statements of European politicians about the “war Schengen”, the joint armed forces and European armies are empty shaking of the air,” he explained.
Besides, according to Murakhovsky, in fact the Europeans, there is no need against someone to join.
“There is no threat that requires the creation of such alliances. Here, for example, in the media periodically raised hysteria about the Russian threat. To combat this threat it has deployed three battalions in the Baltic countries and smeared a rotating brigade of the US army in Poland, the Baltic States and Romania. When people assume to deal with real aggression, they are making several other efforts. During the cold war, only one German was deployed 12 divisions, the seventh field army of the United States, British and French divisions,” – said the expert. He believes that it is in fact now the real decisionmakers actually believe neither in Russian nor in any other threat to Europe and not going to select to create a new Alliance any money.