European army expert and researcher for the Centre for European Reform Sophia Besch explained that French President Emmanuel Macron wishes to create a more unified Europe that does not rely so heavily on the US. During an interview with Express.co.uk, the researcher revealed Mr Macron wants Europe to be better prepared for European military threats and believes an EU army would allow him to achieve that. The EU army expert said: “I think for Emmanuel Macron the idea is meant to inspire, it is part of his pro-EU platform.
“Macron has been very involved in concentrating European defence integration.
“This is an important initiative that he thought was in a way European intervention initiative
“In which the UK is also involved outside of EU structures.
“It is meant to create a more shared understanding of the threats that Europeans face.
“So that is an important set of issues for him.
“I think there was some misunderstanding around the way that he used the term in his speech.
“I think what he was trying to get at was that there should be a Europe that does more by itself rather than depending so heavily on the US.
In November of 2018, Mr Macron announced France’s need for a European army stemmed from the desire to protect themselves from China, Russia and the USA.
This resulted in a backlash from the UK as it is in the process of divorcing from the EU.
US President Donald Trump also took to Twitter to voice his unhappiness on being considered a threat.
Despite the scepticism from people and politicians in the UK, German political leaders have rallied with Mr Macron in recent weeks.
Germany’s new Christian Democrat leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has called for the creation of a European army amid growing global instability caused by sabre-rattling leaders in Russia, China and the US.
Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer’s conducted a speech in Brussels to focus on the idea of a “Europe of security” and she insisted an EU army was a “logical step” in pursuit of that goal.
She added: “An EU army fighting alongside national forces would be the logical step if we don’t want to be behind the ball being played around between Russian and the US and China and the US.”