German Politicians Eager to Create Single European Army

© AP Photo / Massoud HossainiGerman soldiers stand guard during the NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg's first visit
German soldiers stand guard during the NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg's first visit - Sputnik International
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Deputies of the German Bundestag have called on the federal government to speed up work for the creation of a single European army, Die Welt wrote.

Sixty years after the failed attempt to organize a European Defense Union, the issue has gained relevance again.

German politicians from the CDU party have called for an intensification of efforts to create a single European army.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker speaks during a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General after a meeting on June 16, 2015 at EU headquarters in Brussels. - Sputnik International
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The committees presented a ten-point plan, asking the federal government and its European partners for it to be implementer. The idea of a single European army has been repeatedly discussed within the EU. 60 years ago there had been a plan to create a pan-European defense force, but it has never been implemented.

The federal government welcomed the initiative, but made clear that it could be a long-term goal. Enhanced cooperation of the national armies would "create significant synergies and added value in financial and defense-political terms," German politician Elmar Brok said.

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