France calls for EU ‘army’ to contain Russia

The EU Observer reports: “The EU needs a ‘real European army’ to defend itself against Russia, the French president has said.

It also needs to fight populists such as Hungary’s Viktor Orban and Italy’s Matteo Salvini by becoming less ‘ultra-liberal’, he added.

‘We will not protect Europeans unless we decide to have a true European army,’ Emmanuel Macron told the France 1 radio station in an interview in Verdun, a WWI memorial site, in France on Tuesday (6 November).

‘Faced with a Russia which is at our borders and has shown that it can be a threat … we need a Europe which defends itself better alone, without just depending on the United States, in a more sovereign manner,’ he said.

‘We have been hit by intrusion attempts in cyber-space and multiple interventions in our democracies,’ he added, referring to Russian election-meddling in the EU.

Europe also had to ‘protect itself’ against the rise of China and against US policies that harmed European security, he said…”

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