Brussels chief Jean-Claude Juncker calls for European force to face down Vladimir Putin

A machine gun sits inside a pro-Russian rebel trench along the front lines two kilometers from Ukrainian troops

Brussels chief Jean-Claude Juncker has called for the creation of an EU army in the wake of rising tensions with Russia.

The European Commission President said an EU military force would help defend the continent from Vladimir Putin’s aggression.

He said: ‘You would not create a European army to use it immediately.

‘But a common army among the Europeans would convey to Russia that we are serious about defending the values of the European Union.’

He said a joint EU force would be more economical than each country individually ordering their own military kit. It would also drive further integration of the bloc’s 28 member states.

‘Such an army would help us design a common foreign and security policy,’ the former Luxembourg prime minister said.

He insisted the army would not challenge NATO’s role defending Europe from Russian aggression.

  • Rosenmops

    Western Europeans are too busy dealing with the jihadists in their midst to worry about Putin.

    • WalterBannon

      How about we make a deal with Putin – you can have Europe as long as you get rid of all the muslims…

      • Exile1981

        Except he’ll send them to us.

  • Brett_McS

    Will the ROE allow them to go out at night?

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      I doubt they would even be issued bullets.

  • Now this is hilarious, no western European nation has the will or likely even the means to fight.

    And no one – no one – will fight for the stinking EU.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      What they really want are American troops, planes, and tanks manned by Americans and paid for with American dollars, so they will have the ideological freedom to denounce American military “imperialism” while strutting around like a peacock protected by a military they would not man, nor ever afford to pay for, to raise, nor maintain.
      Wow, holy run-on sentence Batman!

      If I thought Putin would “behave”, I’d feed him 3/4ths of Europe, starting with Belgium, France, and the Netherlands.

      They are all a bunch a degenerates that do not deserve the freedoms that we have guaranteed them over the last 70-years.

    • Oh Belgium, I’m so afraid of Belgium.

  • granny47

    I find the idea of this army more frightening than Putin.

  • WalterBannon

    Sure, just what Europe needs, give the fascists who run the EU an army so the Fourth Reich can have another war with Russia…

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    Good luck.

  • Linda1000

    Uh huh … sure. Let’s have the EU executive and Angie volunteer for this army. Kill two birds with one shotstone. Seriously guys …

  • Frances

    Go for it, M. Juncker, only make certain yours are two of the ‘boots on the ground’.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Given the European demographics of those of military age, Juncker wants to wage jihad against Russia.

  • Hard Little Machine

    They’ve been chatting this up for 20 years. It’s never going to happen. They used to call it the EURRF or European Union Rapid Response Force. But NATO member states and EU non NATO states don’t kick in even the 2% GDP ostensibly required for defense now. They’re not going to increase their commitments. If anything NATO will dissolve and nothing will replace it except small national part time militias and coastal defense forces, and even those will be largely make-work programs. They’d have more success turning over all their armed forces to the UN and using them to hand out blankets in earthquake zones.