EU Chief Hints At European Army

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy

(Worthy News) – The ’s chief suggested Wednesday that the should soon have its own army after the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from .

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the 27-nation bloc must increase its capabilities to confront new threats and global crises without the .

She told the European Parliament that EU military forces would be “part of the solution.”

After the Afghan pull-out, the EU needed the “political will” to intervene militarily outside the US-led NATO-military alliance, she said.

will host an EU defense summit next year to discuss the issue, Von der Leyen added.

“It is time for Europe to step up to the next level,” she stressed. “Europe can – and clearly should – be able and willing to do more on its own.”

In her annual “State of the Union,” she “complained that “What has held us back until now is not just a shortfall of capacity – it is the lack of political will.”

Her comments came amid mounting concerns that the rapid collapse of Afghanistan’s government and the take-over by the Islamist underscored the EU’s defense weaknesses.

German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said earlier this month the EU should become “a strategic player to be reckoned with.”

French President Emmanuel Macron has in the past backed the idea of a European army.

That gave additional ammunition to those backing , Britain’s withdrawal from the EU. The British government opposes an EU army fearing duplication with NATO.

Britain is also a strategic ally of the United States.

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