Emmanuel Macron calls for creation of European army

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France's President Emmanuel Macron called on 6 November 2018 for the creation of a European army to better defend itself from external threats. The call prompted mixed reactions from other global stakeholders.

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Mr Macron made the statement as he visited the sites of the battlefields in the context of the celebrations marking a century since the armistice that brought World War I to an end. The French President highlighted the fragility of peace in Europe considering a series of developments on the world stage.

The US President Donald Trump later slammed the call for a European army, calling it an insulting move and urging European countries to pay more money into NATO. Russian President Vladimir Putin was reportedly positive regarding the proposed creation of such European military force.

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Euro|topics, November 2018: Does the EU need an army? https://www.eurotopics.net/en/209562/
The Economist, 08.11.18: Emmanuel Macron’s calls for a European army are misguided https://www.economist.com/leaders/2018/11/08/emmanuel-macrons-calls-for-a-european-army-are-misguided
ECFR: Commentary, 20.11.18: Fighting words: The risks of loose talk about a 'European army' https://www.ecfr.eu/article/commentary_fighting_words_risks_of_loose_talk_about_a_european_army
ECFR: Commentary, 03.12.18: The 'European army', a tale of wilful misunderstanding https://www.ecfr.eu/article/commentary_the_european_army_a_tale_of_wilful_misunderstanding

BBC News, 06.11.18: France's Macron pushes for 'true European army' https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46108633
The Independent, 06.11.18: Emmanuel Macron calls for creation of a ‘true European army’ to defend against Russia and the US https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/emmanuel-macron-european-army-france-russia-us-military-defence-eu-a8619721.html
The Local (France), 06.11.18: Macron calls for 'real European army' to defend against Russia and US https://www.thelocal.fr/20181106/macron-calls-for-real-european-army-to-defend-against-russia-and-us
The Guardian, 06.11.18: Macron calls for 'real' European army at start of war centenary tour https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/06/macron-calls-for-real-european-army-at-start-of-war-centenary-tour
Sputnik International, 08.11.18: Le Pen Faults Macron for 'Empire' Ambitions as He Calls for Single European Army https://sptnkne.ws/jXjM
Reuters, 07.11.18: European defence coalition launched in Paris https://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKKCN1NC295
The Guardian, 09.11.18: Trump says Macron's call for European army is 'insulting' https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/nov/09/trump-paris-macron-peace-forum
RFI, 06.11.18: Macron calls for European army on WWI battlefields tour http://en.rfi.fr/20181106-macron-calls-european-army-wwi-battlefields-tour/
The Local (France), 10.11.18: Macron's EU army comment 'misinterpreted' https://www.thelocal.fr/20181110/macrons-eu-army-comment-misinterpreted-elysse
Politico, 09.11.18: Trump calls Macron’s comments on building a European army to defend against US 'insulting' https://www.politico.eu/article/trump-calls-macrons-comments-on-building-a-european-army-to-defend-against-u-s-insulting/
RT, 11.11.18: ‘Good for multipolar world’: Putin positive on Macron’s ‘European army’ plan bashed by Trump https://www.rt.com/news/443677-putin-macron-army-europe-trump/
France24, 09.11.18: Macron's proposal for EU army 'very insulting': Trump https://www.france24.com/en/20181109-macrons-proposal-eu-army-very-insulting-trump
Sputnik International, 08.11.18: French Historian Tells Macron to 'Reread History' on Supposed 'Russian Threat' https://sptnkne.ws/jXxM

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