MEP Márton Gyöngyösi’s (NI) thoughts via press release:
Ever since World War II, Europe has been dependent on the United States of America in the sense that Europe’s security has been guaranteed by the US. However, today’s political situation clearly shows that it’s high time for Europe to grow out of this system. Especially, because Europe has all the material means for it.
The first warning for the old continent came in the form of Donald Trump’s presidency, which showed that the US-EU “gentlemen’s agreement” on security may actually be terminated soon. On top of that, Russia’s war in Ukraine now forces the European Union to consider organizing its own defence.
Although the past few months have seen the formation of an unprecedented anti-Kremlin unity in support of the sanctions, Europe’s weakness has been revealed as well.
The controversy lies in the fact that the EU Member States have an enormous military potential, but they have never given a serious consideration to creating a truly European army. The future may be different, however, as the current situation has clearly demonstrated how economic threats and sanctions, while capable of causing difficult moments for the aggressor, are not enough for an ultimate deterrence or the enforcement of peace.
That’s why it’s so important for the European Union to consider how it could back its economic and political power up with the adequate military capability.
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