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read If Angela Merkel speaks mostly listen to a lot of people. When Angela Merkel says something about the future of the EU, even more than usual. And as you requested, on Tuesday of this week in the European Parliament, must work “on the Vision to one day create a real European army,” because the excitement was great.

In the Parliament in Strasbourg, some applauded, while others booed their disdain through the hall. The NZZ, for some time, apparently, on an Anti-Merkel-course, said the EU army quickly became a Symbol of the idea of weightlessness. And the German Handelsblatt wrote, what I said the Chancellor as to the future of the European Foreign and security policy, was to have been by any German head of government.

Merely: in 1991, wanted to army Helmut Kohl, a transnational European. In 1996, the French Premier, Alain Juppé, called for you and got encouragement from Germany. 2005 also Wolfgang Schäuble called for. And in 2015, it was Merkel herself who spoke with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Frank-Walter Steinmeier (then foreign Minister), the thing changes. Some of the debates repeat themselves.

An army of all EU-States

Interesting is, what has really done in all the years. To classify, helps to clarify a point. What is the concept of the European army or the EU army actually mean? Certainly not a new army, to be deployed under the EU Flag, hundreds of thousands of new soldiers in the world war. There is no EU-state. But the EU, as the sum of its individual member States. Pooling the Knowledge, exchange views on military research and plans to create a common structure, created a new force: the army in all the EU countries.

While out in Public again and again the Vision of such an army is being debated, you overlooked some of the fast commentator already, if even in small steps. In 2008, the European Union Naval Force in Somalia started. Since 2016, there is the military training mission in the Central African Republic. Also in Europe, such as in Bosnia-Herzegovina, EU soldiers in the field. An Austrian major-General leads the EU-Althea Mission. It is to ensure the stability of the young state.

in Iraq, the Ukraine, in Libya, in Mali, in Kosovo, Georgia and Afghanistan or officials in a military or civilian EU Mission. Because the willingness for military cooperation among the Nations of Europe never so pronounced as in the past ten years. Since the Treaty of Lisbon, which entered into force in 2009, there is also a legal basis: article 46 for the military cooperation and article 42 of the EU internal Alliance.

created On the way to a European defence community,

With the Decision of the Council by March 2018 on the basis of these legal options, the previous cooperation, re-ordered and future structures. Pesco (Permanent Structured Cooperation) is the name of the word, the name historians may in 100 years as a trailblazer for a European army.

Pesco is an important step in the direction of European defence Union. 17 projects – from a new military competence center, to a European under-water mine-clearance force – are now being implemented within Pescos. Germany, for example, is lead nation in the creation of a medical task force. 25 EU countries have signed Pesco mandatory. Only Denmark, the Europe has legally anyway, a special Opt-out Option, and Malta are not in accordance with the Brexit part of this European defense community.

Kevin Chung studied literature in Seoul. He is interested in various areas. He can be reached at or 82-2-6956-6698.