Hungary and the Czech Republic are Trying to Revive the Idea of a United European Army

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The leaders of the two countries appealed to Angela Merkel and their colleagues from the EU to work together for the creation of united European military forces.

Hungary and the Czech Republic are Trying to Revive the Idea of a United European Army

Originally appeared at A-specto, translated by Valentina Tzoneva exclusively for SouthFront

The revival of the idea for a united European army was discussed at a meeting of the Vishegrad Group with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, on Friday, the 26th of August in Warsaw. ”It is our duty to hold a strict budget policy whose object is economic growth. At the same time, we must make the question of our security our main priority. That is why we have to start the creation of a united European army,” Victor Orban, the Prime Minister of Hungary said at a press conference after the meeting, as quoted by local media. The talks about building a united European armed forces were initiated by the Hungarian Prime Minister, Victor Orban, and the Czech Prime Minister, Bohuslav Sobotka, who believe that the idea is relevant to the necessity to provide protection of the Schengen space and to fight terrorism efficiently.

“The defense of the Schengen borders is not only a question of better cooperation in the fight against terrorism, but a reason to start discussing the creation of a common European army,” Prime Minister, Sobotka, said.

The Vishegrad Group – which unites Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary – is becoming more established as an alternative pole in the European debate, which is currently dominated by German theses. The central European group of four is skeptical about Brussels’ ability to make adequate decisions and, after the beginning of the migrant crisis, has refused to follow the ideas of the EC for a division of the migrants in terms of quotas.

The idea of a common European army revives the debate from the beginning of the new century, when it was on the agenda. The war in Iraq in 2003 brought division among members of the EU, as some of the countries supported the USA in the so-called “coalition of the willing,” while others like France and Germany, chose to distance themselves. The disagreements in the Union made the idea of a common European army pointless, which in the USA, is considered an unwanted competitor of the Washington-dominated military and political pact, NATO. This is the reason for Berlin – a traditional ally of the USA in post-war Europe where several American military bases are located – to be skeptical of the idea. Merkel’s comment after the Warsaw meeting was limited to “security is the main question.”

It has to be noted that according to Sobotka and Orban, the common European armed forces are called to protect the Schengen zone and not the whole territory of the EU. Bulgaria, Romania, Cyprus and Croatia are full members of the EU, however, they are not a part of the Schengen zone due to unfulfilled criteria.

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  • Spunkyhunk

    Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary should form a united Visegrad Army, not a “united European army”, which is an unworkable concept.

    • Henry

      Europe should split up in 5. 1 UK with Ireland. 2 Scandinavia with benelux, Germany, Swiss and Austria. 3. Latin European country’s. 4 Eastern European and balkan country’s. 5 Russia + some European countries as bridge to Asia.

      • Spunkyhunk

        Might not be a bad idea…

    • DeWitte

      Well said! Alone vs Russia :)

      • Spunkyhunk

        “Alone vs Russia”

        What is this idiocy supposed to mean? Are you a neocon stooge, or what?

        You Western European types really need to get over your psychopathic Russophobia. Your own countries are heading for social, demographic and economic collapse. You are being overrun by Muslim and African “migrant” and “refugee” invaders, sent there couretesy of your great “friends and allies” U.S., Turkey and the international Zionists. And still, in your delusional brain your greatest enemy is Russia. Pathetic!

        • DeWitte

          Turkey and international Zionists friends? You are a bit confused

          • Spunkyhunk

            On the contrary, YOU seem to be the one who is confused…

            You haven’t noticed that Turkey and international Zionists have been working together to destroy the secular nationalistic Assad regime in Syria, by supporting jihadi terrorists?

            You haven’t noticed that Turkey and international Zionists BOTH are opposed to Russia and China?

            You haven’t noticed that Turkey and international Zionists BOTH hate Europe and have been pushing the Muslim “migrant” flow to Europe?

            You’ll be saying that international Zionists and Saudis have NOT been collaborating together against the secular nationalistic Assad government in Syria, next!

            Anyway, what I wrote was that U.S., Turkey and the international Zionists are falsely considered to be friends and allies of EUROPE today, by deluded, gullible, Russophobic Western Europeans – not that Turkey and international Zionists are great friends of each other. You either lack reading comprehension; or you’re deliberately trying to twist my words.

      • Henry

        If alone means part of Asia with close friends like China, India, Iran, Central Asia and maybe even Japan and South (and North) Korea, who cares about the Netherlands. When the Silk road is completed, and transport goes from China to Europe trough Russia by train the Netherlands is done as an transport country.