STRAIGHT TALKING Germany scheming to lead EU in battle
FROM UKIP’S DEPUTY LEADER
WHENEVER I’ve appeared on television debate shows like BBC
and mentioned the EU’s aim to have its own army, I’ve been poohpoohed by my fellow panellists.
Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, would surely never want such a thing, would she?
The Europhiles would dismiss the concerns of mine and my UKIP pals as “scare-mongering”, as if such a thing could simply never happen.
Never in a million years. No chance. Perish the thought. Typical UKIP. Etc etc…
So I wonder how many of them opened their copy of the Financial Times over breakfast on Tuesday and choked on their organic cornflakes and soya milk. steps to “gradually co-ordinate Europe’s patchwork of national militaries” and launch “permanent co-operation” under common structures among the member states.
Another proposal includes relaxing post-war restrictions on army operations within Germany.
Deployments dealing with violence or threats of violence within Germany are currently banned over fears of evoking Nazi-era practices. But this draft proposal, according to the FT, seeks to end that ban, noting the “character and dynamic of current and future security-political threats”.
“German security policy has relevance – also for beyond our country. Germany is willing to join early, decisively and substantially as a driving force in international debates...to take responsibility and assume leadership,” the white paper said.
Which is another way of saying that Germany not only wants to see the enabling of a Europe-wide army, but it wants to be in charge of it, too.
The FT says the paper calls for “the use of all possibilities” that are permissible under the EU treaties such as establishing “deep co-operation” between willing member states.
It wants to create a “joint civil military headquarters for the EU operations”, “a council of defence ministers” and “better co-ordination of the production and sharing of military equipment”. As for NATO, the Germans suggest: “The more we Europeans are ready to take on a greater share of the common burden and the more our American partner is prepared to go along the road of common decision-making, the further the transatlantic security partnership will develop greater intensity and richer results.”
Now, not a lot of people know this, but there is a lavishly-funded EU museum within the walls of the European Parliament in Brussels.
Inside it talks of something it calls the European Civil War. As a historian, I was curious as I’d never heard of it and so obviously made further enquiries.
Turns out that the EU’s so-called “European Civil War” was indeed a historical event, but is known as something else in Great Britain and indeed elsewhere.
Yes, you guessed it – it was called World War II.
And Germany, if I recall rightly, lost.