German Defense Minister: Europe needs army so it can intervene in Africa

Addressing European Parliament, von der Leyen calls for the organization of European Defense Union in order to be “able to react to crises in a decisive and immediate action”

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Germany’s Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen called on members of the European Parliament to move forward with the organization of a EU military as to be “more effective”.

She called on members of the European Union to move forward with the organization of the European Defense Union as to allow Europe to be “able to react to crises in a decisive and immediate action”. She stated on Tuesday “It was clear from then on that Europe had to understand that out of our own interests we Europeans have to make sure we have our own defense in our own hands so that we’re able to react to crises in a decisive and immediate action.”

She stated that as “the question has no longer been whether we need a European defense union but rather how we organize it,” Germany the most vocal European state for the creation of the army.

Von der Leyen then stated that “If Europe is going to be trying to create stability in Africa I can’t see NATO there very often but I see the EU very active on the African continent,” emphasizing the need for additional forces for non-NATO regions, stating “That’s why I see different theatres where NATO might be required and other areas where the EU has got broader instruments and can perhaps be more effective.”