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The European army we must talk about it (Italy, Greece, Ashton)

(European Summit) The subject was not on the agenda of the European Summit, the main objective of which was to put in place a crisis management plan… for the Euro. Simply a discussion was planned, at the end of the council, on strategic partnerships. But the Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, took the opportunity to recall what is close to his heart.

Italy calls for political discussion on European army

"We need to talk about the European army. I request that this item be placed on the agenda.” he then declares. And to explain what can be summarized in substance as follows: “we have a naval force, an air force… We are all subject to budgetary constraints. Why don’t we join forces”.

Greece approves

The Greek George Papandreou, opinion of the leader. and approves of his Italian colleague on whom they are not on the same wavelength politically.

Cathy Ashton open

The High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy echoes this statement, highlighting “the discussion on pooling and sharing that we started at the last Council of Defense Ministers“. Does she fully approve of the idea of ​​a European army? The bets are open…

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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