European defense coalition launched in Paris 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy ReutersPARIS (Reuters) – A coalition of European militaries ready to react to crises near the continent’s borders was launched on Wednesday with Finland becoming the 10th country to join, amid calls by French President Emmanuel Macron for a “real European army”. The European Intervention Initiative took official shape in Paris after months of negotiations with Germany, who France wants at the center of the force. The initiative does not “contradict or circumvent the EU’s historic defense efforts, nor those of NATO,” the defense official said. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has long been a vocal supporter of the idea that the EU should have more common defense capability, separate from NATO.
Source: Manila Bulletin November 07, 2018 16:07 UTC