11 May 2022

Does the EU need an army?

Jean-Claude Juncker said back in 2015 that the EU needed an army to persuade Russia not to attack.

The European Union has had many different names but it’s always had one goal: a united, peaceful Europe.

That has usually meant closer political and economic ties.

But for some it has also meant getting closer on defence and security and for some that in turn has meant the creation, one day, of a united European army.

So has the war in Ukraine shifted the dial towards a European army?

In today’s episode with Elisabeth Braw, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute think tank, talks us through the history as well as the pros and cons of any future united army for the EU.

Sources: EuroNews, France 24, Newsnight, Sky News.

Producer: Joe Lord-Jones.


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