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European Army a Long Term Goal, Not Aimed at Replacing NATO

© REUTERS / Jonathan ErnstNATO Summit leaders gather for a family photo before a working dinner at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, Poland July 8, 2016.
NATO Summit leaders gather for a family photo before a working dinner at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, Poland July 8, 2016. - Sputnik International
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A united European army is a long term goal that is not aimed at replacing NATO institutions, Rainer Arnold, a German lawmaker from the Social Democratic Party (SPD), told Sputnik on Thursday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – On Wednesday, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said that Germany and France are committed to press forward with a proposal to strengthen European defense policy amid the Britain's vote to leave the union. 

"A European army is a long-term goal of the social democracy. But that will be far in the future. However, it is not a substitution for NATO," Arnold said.

German army soldiers who are members of the Stabilisation forces line up at the barracks Erzgebirgskaserne in Marienberg, eastern Germany, on April 10, 2015, during a military exercise Noble Jump that is part of Nato Response Force - Sputnik International
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Earlier, a diplomatic source in Brussels said that the UK exit from the EU could activate the idea of ​​creating the joint EU armed forces.

The first initiative to create a pan-European army was proposed by French Prime Minister Rene Pleven in 1950 and two years later Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and West Germany singed the treaty founding European Defence Community, which, however, never went into effect. Since that time despite increasing cooperation in the military sphere the European countries failed to establish common armed forces.

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