European defence must be improved, President Klaus Iohannis stated on Tuesday, but a parallelism between such structure and NATO "won't help anyone." During the debate with journalists and representatives of the civil society taking place at the Auditorium of the Central University Library, Iohannis said in his opinion an independent European army won't be feasible.
The United States, along with Turkey, is the "grave digger of NATO", since they have been taking advantage of the alliance exclusively for their own benefit, believes Bundestag deputy and Foreign Policy representative of the parliamentary group Die Linke (The Left) Alexander Neu.
From a geopolitical standpoint, it's time for Europe to grow up. US President Donald Trump all but considers Europe a rival power - and never misses an opportunity to underscore this point. The European Union may be an economic power on an international scale, but otherwise it is not really seen as a serious force to be reckoned with.
U.S. President Donald Trump set a combative tone for a World War I commemorative visit to Paris on Nov.10 when he blasted calls by French President Emmanuel Macron for a European army to defend against threats from powers including the U.S.
Emmanuel Macron has called for the creation of a "true European army" to allow the EU defend itself from threats ranging from Donald Trump to Vladimir Putin, according to independent.co.uk
The French president has pushed for closer EU defence union since coming to power last year but has been so far met with limited success amid foot-dragging by other member states.
Speaking at the European Defense Agency (EDA) annual conference, the EU foreign policy and defense chief said that 23 member-states have confirmed their readiness, while they would soon be joined by more.
"We are building the European Union of security and defense. It's not a plan any more. It's not a dream any more. It's reality coming true," Mogherini said in her address.
Most of the European Union's member states have signed up to a plan for closer defence co-operation.
The UK and Republic of Ireland are among five states not participating.
The other 23 are now committed to the permanent structured military co-operation ("Pesco") plan to boost their defence budgets and joint capabilities.