The German Path to an EU Army, beginning with Poland

Newsletter 2014/10/31 – The German Path to an EU Army (I)

BERLIN (Own report) – The German government is accelerating the
creation of an EU army by means of bilateral military cooperation. The
German-Polish “declaration of intent” on military cooperation of the
two countries’ armed forces, signed in the middle of the week, is the
most recent example. The agreement includes the exchange and joint
training of officers as well as “placing combat battalions under the
other’s command.” Poland’s military already has more than 130
German-made Leopard 2 battle tanks with another 120 due to be added by
2015. A sales contract to this effect was signed last year, only a few
months after an agreement “reinforcing” cooperation between the Navies
of the two countries was signed. At the time, German Defense Minister
Thomas de Maizière (CDU) spoke of a “totally new quality” in the
military cooperation between Germany and Poland. His successor, Ursula
von der Leyen (CDU), has gone a step further and had her ministry
declare that the intended German-Polish military cooperation is a
“trendsetting milestone for the development of European integrated
military structures.” more

Newsletter 2014/11/03 – The German Path to an EU Army (II)

BERLIN (Own report) – Prominent German think tanks and politicians are
calling for the establishment of an EU army. To this effect,
“integration options” in military policy are viewed as appropriate,
for example, at the German Institute for International and Security
Affairs (SWP). In a paper published by the German Ministry of Defense,
an SWP researcher writes that the current financial crisis has clearly
shown some European countries that “sovereignty built on autonomy is
illusory.” However, to prevent possible reservations of some EU member
countries, the author recommends avoiding the label “European army.”
Efforts tending in the same direction but “under a different name”
would have “more chances of success.” The Vice President of the
European Parliament, Alexander Graf Lambsdorff (FDP) of Germany, has
expressed a similar view. “Only a European approach” to military
matters can assure that the “economic giant” Germany will not remain a
“political dwarf” when enforcing “western values and interests,”
Lambsdorff declared in a newspaper article. more

Newsletter 2014/11/05 – The German Path to an EU Army (III)

BERLIN/THE HAGUE (Own report) – German politicians, military officials
and the media consider the subordination of combat units of other
European nations to German Bundeswehr command to be a role model for a
future EU army. The integration of a paratrooper unit from the
Netherlands into the German Army’s covert operations and
counter-insurgency unit of the Rapid Forces Division (DSK) is
considered a “milestone of integration.” An armored contingent from
the Netherlands will soon be integrated into a German cavalry unit,
along the same lines. The European Air Transport Command (EATC)
stationed in Eindhoven, the Netherlands – currently under a German
commanding officer – is also being praised as an “effective model of
cooperation.” According to its own accounts, the Bundeswehr sees the
EATC as a clear extension of its “radius of operations,” providing
bases stretching “from be the Baltic Sea almost to Gibraltar.” more

By piotrbein