EU needs a stronger defence arm , says Juncker
Commission president says his call is not aimed at weakening
European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said the way ahead ‘starts with making sure we spend what is needed on our defence’. Photograph: Reuters
“No-NATO is not an option for the EU. It would be a disaster for the EU,” Mr Juncker told a Prague conference during which he made a call for more European defence in the view of the new US president Donald Trump’s lukewarm view of Nato.
Mr Junker also said the way ahead “starts with making sure we spend what is needed on our defence”.
Mr Juncker said the EU needs to “invest more, and invest in a more efficient way”.
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says that after years of debates on defence, “this is the time now to get things done”.