Angela Merkel calls for a ‘real, true’ European army

French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Elysee Palace before the commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day 100 years after the end of World War One

Speaking to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday (Nov 13) hours after US President Donald Trump mocked the very same idea in his tweets, Dr Merkel told MPs that the continent should one day consider creating a "real true European army".

A common European army would show the world "that there is between the European countries, never again war", said the German Chancellor in relation to an earlier speech by the Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

Merkel added that the proposal could run in parallel to a trans-Atlantic cooperation within the NATO military alliance, but warned that "only a stronger Europe is going to defend Europe". The lady's relatives explained she was set to turn 101 in just two days' time. She did not actually mention the USA, the historic ally of the Europeans through North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

UKIP MEP Nigel Farage said the high-profile backing for an European Union army made Brexit a "necessity". They were starting to learn German in Paris before the USA came along.

As many national and regional leaders met at the home of French President Emmanuel Macron before heading to the Arc de Triomphe for the ceremony together, Trump was noticeably absent.

President Trump responded to Macron's remarks on Friday on Twitter, saying the French president's suggestion to form a European army to guard against the U.S.

Invoking a need to act induced by the global financial crisis a decade ago, she added: "I'm not saying "unfortunately we don't have a crisis", but rather "unfortunately the need to change things is not there"."Merkel has made fixing Germany's digital deficiencies a priority for her fourth and nearly certainly final term, saying the country's future prosperity depends on it".

She also called for the creation of a European security council.

"The idea of the European army is a complete fiction; there's never been a European army and there can not be a European army", he said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the European Parliament on Tuesday. "Yet at the same time the establishment were brushing off our warnings; plans for a powerful European Union force were being worked out in backroom deals".

For the socialists Maria Joao Rodrigues, the chancellor now needs to give its green light to a reform of the euro area, for more convergence and less dependency on markets: "chancellor Merkel needs to decide if she wants to be with those who want to bring this solution or those who are against this solution".

But "a swallow does not a summer make", she said in a speech marking a century since women won the right to vote in Germany.

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