The defense minister of Germany, Ursula von der Leyen, stated the European joint army is “already taking shape.”
Germany and France are now the driving forces in European defense and they would stand together in the face of any land assault
Ursula also took the time to shoot at those who criticized defense scheme PESCO. Standing for Permanent Structured Cooperation, PESCO, starting in 2017, is the makeup of 25 cooperating and coordinating armies
According to her, the other countries that signed up had done so “not because we’re following requirements from Brussels, but voluntarily because the benefits are obvious and because it’s in Europe’s security interests”
“We are making good progress. Despite Brexit, and the controversial debates us Europeans have among ourselves, Europe remains a unique creation, uniting half a billion citizens in the name of freedom and prosperity.”
It is interesting that Germany and France are the focus. With the yellow vest protests in France and the subsequent appearance of EU forces, along with the growing unrest in Germany, this announcement is certainly worrying.
The two countries would assist each other in the event of an armed territorial attack