- Beneficial for European security27.3% (297)
- Disastrous for the relationship between EU and Russia17.7% (192)
- Unnecessary, because the European interests are already protected by NATO16.6% (180)
- Risky, as Russia would be forced to respond to further military buildup in Europe38.4% (417)
“Juncker’s proposal is definitely aimed against Russia… Instead of a united armed force and a policy of building up arms the EU needs a peaceful foreign policy and disarmament,” the Left Party (Die Linke) spokeswoman Christine Buchholz said in an interview with Der Tagesspiegel daily newspaper.
The leader of the Greens’ parliamentary faction Katrin Göring-Eckardt fully concurred, warning against attempts to put security concerns ahead of foreign policy priorities.
Meanwhile, the idea of giving the EU its own armed force appears to sit well with German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.