Germany’s defence minister said yesterday (7 November) the european countries must modernise its military defence and security to correspond with NATO’s drive to strengthen its own security forces inside the wake of any major Russian build-up.
France, Germany, Italy and Spain are calling for a common European defence policy after Britain’s vote to relinquish the bloc, an initiative that marks the EU’s biggest push for the reason that 1990s.
“We percieve an enormous modernisation drive by NATO over the past three years due to Kremlin’s behaviour,” Ursula von der Leyen told a burglar conference hosted by way of the conservative Christian Democrats.
“Who was correct and important, but I believe that we should invest in any case same energy right modernisation of the European security and defence union,” she said.
Von der Leyen, keen to appease concerns raised because of the United States and Britain, said the rise should occur “to fully understand one cannot build up competition between the two bodies, but which they should function in a complementary fashion”.
For instance, she said, the EU were built with a clear mission when controling Africa to stem the steady flow of migrants crossing the med Sea, but which were not NATO’s job.
“I see a big mission for any European Union, which must appeal to a solution along with the African countries,” von der Leyen said. “But to do that, it must better organise and bundle the various instruments it has in the civilian and military realms, actually implement them, and offer some pot European response.”
In some pot letter, Germany, France, Italy and Spain have argued the EU should be able to respond to external crises minus the guiding hand of the usa.
Proposals include increasing European spending on military missions, jointly developing assets like helicopters and drones, expanding peacekeeping abroad and building stronger defences against state-sponsored hackers.
NATO, and particularly the United States, has long argued that Europeans should increase defence spending and strengthen their militaries to ensure that their own defence.
EU defence ministers will hold talks to the plans in Brussels in the future before presenting an even more detailed strategy in a summit meeting of EU leaders in December.
Von der Leyen continues to be pushing challenging revamp the German military, improve its procurement process and boost personnel. Recently she said Germany was prepared play a wider military role through the service of closer European defence cooperation.