Poland rejects EU army, wants US & NATO help instead

Poland’s Foreign Minister has dismissed the thought of making an EU military impartial of NATO on the Munich Security Conference. Poland, he mentioned, wants “an American presence” to compete with Russia.

Combining the navy forces of the EU’s 28 member states has lengthy been a dream of some EU leaders. French President Emmanuel Macron talked up the thought of constructing a “real European army” to guard Europeans from Russia, China, “and even the US” final 12 months. German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave the thought a thumbs-up, stating that such a military would guarantee “there will never again be war between European nations.” The plan additionally has the help of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

However, the EU is extra divided than the comfortable relationship between Macron and Merkel suggests. Macron’s imaginative and prescient was rubbished by impartial Austria’s protection minister, and by Dutch PM Mark Rutte. Now, the Polish authorities has additionally rejected the thought.

“When we start talking about creating a European army independent of NATO, I think we will have problems,” mentioned Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz. “For repelling the threats we face in central and eastern Europe, we need an American presence, and this is very important.”

Brexit performs a consider Czaputowicz’ rejection. The UK is the world’s sixth-largest navy energy and could be an important member of any hypothetical EU military, if Britain have been to stay an EU member and signal on to the plan.

“We will lose a very important partner in the EU, a second major army in Europe, a country, a nuclear power and a permanent member of the UN Security Council (when Britain leaves),” Czaputowicz added.

In defending itself towards the perceived Russian risk, Poland has courted the United States. Polish President Andrzej Duda has supplied to pay $2 billion in direction of organising a everlasting US armored division base within the nation, going so far as suggesting that it could possibly be named ‘Fort Trump.’

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