100 years on from World War One, the world is in a very safe place in comparison. Last week was an emotional and historic moment as leaders from all over the world gathered in Paris for Armistice Day. France’s President Emmanuel Macron, decided to take this opportunity to present the most ridiculous, baffling, and pathetic suggestion; that the EU should have its own army. It is simply bizarre to think that the President of France would choose that moment of respect to suggest a delusional idea. President Trump was quick to criticise the idea on social media, and indeed in public. The idea of an EU is not only silly, but it also represents exactly why the majority of the British people voted to leave!
President Macron proposed the idea arguing that the EU needs a way to protect itself from the superpowers of Russia, the USA, and China. It is no secret that the EU is turning into the United States of Europe, and the combination of President Macron and Chancellor Merkel is alarming. After President Macron suggested the idea, President Trump took to twitter and said “President Macron of France has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the US, China and Russia. Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of NATO, which the US subsidises greatly!”.
President Trump raises a valuable point here; many EU member states fail to meet the required 2% of national GDP investment into NATO. Therefore, it is understandable that the US leader is irritated at this suggestion. Moreover, his tweet also demonstrates that if an EU army were to emerge, the funding would undoubtedly be insufficient for the army to be a threat to the superpowers of the world. There is no question that European states must be protected against the potential threat from Putin and Russia, but creating an army is going to do nothing but antagonise the Russian government. The EU relies heavily on Russia for gas and other essential products, so the idea of attempting to challenge the superpower is a catastrophic lack of judgement.
In recent weeks, we have discovered that the leaders of Europe are going to look very different in the near future. Chancellor Merkel announced that she would step down after her fourth term in office; yet many in her own party and in Germany want to see her resign before then. Furthermore, President Macron’s poll ratings are woefully low; with just 30% approval ratings.
As well as the EU leaders looking very different in the future, next year’s European Parliament elections could potentially cause a magnificent shock to the EU bureaucrats. Recent polling has shown that Marine Le Pen’s party are now ahead of Macron’s socialist movement, and the same pattern is occurring across Europe. Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister, Matteo Salvini, is a strong critic of the EU’s super-state project, and is becoming ever more popular because of his stance.
The UK voted to leave the EU for a wide range of reasons, but one of the main arguments was that the EU is turning into its own internationalist state that steals countries’ sovereignty, democracy, and power. Macron’s suggestion of an EU army proves this argument was correct. Democratic states do not want to be controlled by a bunch of unelected bureaucrats who are not held accountable, and their idea for an EU army is simply ridiculous. If the EU army starts to develop, then there is no doubt that you will see a huge protest vote in the 2019 European Parliament elections, and quite possibly one, if not a few more countries, will join the UK and leave this delusional European project!