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    One in Three EU Citizens Wants EU Army to Replace NATO Reliance

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    Every third person in the United Kingdom, France and Germany believes the European Union should have its own army instead of relying on the US-led NATO military bloc, a poll conducted by ICM Research exclusively for Sputnik revealed on Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – In early March, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that the European Union needed to create a unified army of its own to be able to respond to threats posed to both EU member states and neighboring countries.

    On average, 28 percent of all respondents from the survey expressed a preference for creating an army to protect EU interests.

    This opinion was shared by 37 percent of those polled in France, and a slightly smaller share of people in Germany (36 percent), while in Britain only 19 percent spoke in favor of an EU army, according to the survey.

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    One in Three EU Citizens Wants EU Army to Replace NATO Reliance - Poll

    In both Germany and the United Kingdom, less than half of respondents said they were happy about having NATO troops in their country (47 and 48 percent, respectively).

    The ICM poll asked a sample group of 4,096 people whether the European Union should have its own army to protect its interests, or if NATO should fulfill this role for Europe. The poll was conducted on May 1-4, 2015.

    Amid worsening relations with Russia over the Ukraine crisis NATO has been expanding eastward.

    Last week, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced that Washington was planning to station military hardware in seven European countries, including Germany.

    The international public opinion research project Sputnik.Polls was launched in 2014, in conjunction with leading British public opinion survey specialists ICM Research. It conducts regular opinion polls to monitor public sentiment toward social, political and cultural issues in Europe and the United States.

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