The EU army is ready to confront Russia
23 member states of the European Union signed an agreement on cooperation in the military sphere (PESCO) at the beginning of the week. Some experts have already called it a step towards the creation of a unified European army or a "military Schengen". This decision followed after the meeting of EU ministers and the statements made by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security, Federica Mogherini, and German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, who keep repeating that the defense agreement has its historic nature.
Why did Europe need a "military Schengen"?
The PESCO (Permanent Structured Cooperation on Security and Defense) project appeared in 2009 when the Lisbon Treaty entered into force and provided military cooperation within the EU in case it did not contradict the interaction of the North Atlantic Alliance (NATO). In March 2015, the chairman of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, spoke about the need for a common European army.
However, a number of countries, including Great Britain, confronted such a cooperation in every possible way so as not to share even part of their powers in the sphere of military control with any pan-European structures. Therefore, the project was restored after London took Brexit’s course and decided to exit from the European Union, and after Donald Trump entered the White House and demonstrated repeatedly not the most favorable attitude towards the European Union.
It is worth noting that the Secretary-General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, welcomed the initiative of PESCO and the signing of the agreement. The UK and Denmark were against it. Ireland, Portugal, and Malta have not joined the agreement yet.
"The goal is to develop jointly the defense capability and make it available for European military operations. However, participation in the program is voluntary, decisions will be made by the member countries, "the EU Council statement said.
European politicians who supported the initiative to create pan-European armed forces made usual statements about the need to contain Russia and counter "hybrid threats". However, even when the much more powerful Soviet Union, which had its own ideology and controlled military-political bloc, was opposed by Europe united under the wing of the United States of Europe, there was no talk of creating any single European army. With the formal existence of national defense departments, the entire military policy of Western countries was conducted strictly within the framework of NATO. Therefore, the current initiatives can also be regarded as the timid attempts of individual European countries to avoid Washington total control system and to claim for finding a worthy niche in the global system.
The US will not let Europe go
In particular, such signals are coming from the leading European powers, such as Germany and France. Sigmar Gabriel stated that PESCO is "a big step towards independence" of the European Union in matters of defense. No, even if there are no words about the slow restoration of national sovereignty. Only such forces as the French National Front or the German Alternative for Germany can dream of gradually growing sovereignty. The globalists, ruling in Europe, on the contrary, are trying to avoid as much as possible. Therefore, it is possible to talk only about minor reformatting within the framework of the current liberal globalistic project.
It is also not expected that the PESCO project will become an alternative to NATO. Theoretically, such a scenario could be possible if the "Trump factor" was implemented in the United States with its declared orientation to solving intra-American problems. However, in fact, in the US, the globalists managed to take revenge. The threat of Trump’s impeachment still exists, and the foreign policy of the United States has not undergone drastic changes in the ten months since its inauguration.
And in order to get rid of Washington's dominating influence, the countries of the Old World need to get rid of American military bases, a missile defense system, and nuclear weapons. It is clear that no one even says a word about this in the governing structures of the European Union. Needless to say that PESCO cannot even speak of any independence.
Want to stop Russia, pay money
Therefore, neither the declared cooperation of the EU countries in the military sphere within the framework of PESCO - according to Mogherini, it envisages the implementation of about fifty joint projects - nor its possible expansion will not be something out of the ordinary. Of course, it will put an additional burden on the military budget of the countries that have joined. For example, there are over 40 different types of armored vehicles, more than 20 types of aircraft in the arsenal of the EU countries today, the Deutsche Welle writes. So, according to the reviewers of the German magazine, PESCO is supposed to help avoid such "useless use of resources." I wonder how? Will they lobby the rearming of certain types of equipment? Naturally, this will require serious costs, and it will affect particularly those countries that still use Soviet military equipment and its modernized modifications (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, etc.). At the same time, it is clear who is the interested party. And, on the whole, it is very profitable to "pump out money" from some states, using the subject of the alleged threat from Russia and the need to "protect the common European interests."
However, the prospects of the "army of united Europe" are still very vague and unobvious, and its effectiveness is extremely doubtful. European officials and European commissioners, who want to resist Russia, did not learn a lesson from the history. As we remember, the "armies of united Europe" that were created by Napoleon and Hitler tried to "carry out military operations" and "realize joint projects" on the territory of our country. This ended with the fact that the Russians reached Paris and Berlin. So, if it is necessary, there will be an answer to both the "military Schengen" of the new "united Europe" and the NATO bloc.