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« on: A week ago »
Monday a long winded, complicated sounding paper will be subscribed in Brussels which will prove to be a milestone in the development of the EU on it's way to a common federation:

The permanent structured cooperation on defence - PESCO

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More than 20 EU states are set to sign up for a landmark joint defence pact on Monday as Europe seeks closer military ties in the wake of Brexit and as Russia flexes its muscles to the east.

The permanent structured cooperation on defence - or Pesco - aims to deepen defence cooperation between European Union members and improve coordination in the development of new military technology.

The agreement is part of efforts led by Germany and France to push closer defence ties as a way of rebooting the bloc after Britain's shock vote to leave and follows the announcement in June of a European Defence Fund that will receive 5.5 billion euros (S$8.73 billion) annually....

http://www.businesstimes.com.sg/government-economy/eu-states-to-sign-joint-defence-pact

The importance and far reaching consequences of that step can't be overestimated!

Equally important is that not all EU members will be part of that agreement, the "core" of a new, much closer cooperating Europe, is already building. The "Europe of different speeds" makes this possible.
In earlier times such an agreement could not happen as all members had to agree to that in the first place, now that is no longer necessary.

And Poland and Germany together will be founding members!  :)

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Poland to join EU’s PESCO defence initiative: gov’t spokesman  Poland has decided to join a planned European Union military cooperation initiative known as PESCO, the government spokesman said on Friday.

http://www.thenews.pl/1/10/Artykul/334584,Poland-to-join-EU%E2%80%99s-PESCO-defence-initiative-gov%E2%80%99t-spokesman


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...The Permanent Structured Cooperation, or PESCO, could be the biggest leap in EU defence policy in decades and may go some way to matching the bloc’s economic and trade prowess with a more powerful military.

https://www.euractiv.com/section/defence-policy/news/eu-to-sign-joint-defence-pact-in-show-of-post-brexit-unity/

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"We've never come close to this before," an EU official said. "We have more than 20 member states signing up to structured cooperation. Not just signing paper -- undertaking commitments in terms of spending on defence and joint projects."

Since the failure of the European Defence Community more than 60 years ago there have been numerous attempts to achieve closer military union, but they have foundered as member states have proven reluctant to hand over responsibility for military matters.

PESCO includes a pledge that countries will provide "substantial support... with personnel, materiel, training, exercise support, infrastructure" for EU military missions, the document said....

https://www.afp.com/en/news/826/eu-states-sign-joint-defence-pact

From an purely economical bloc and a single market with soon to be shared finances to a common defense bloc with a possibly "military Schengen" and what not.

Stay tuned!

(We will still need a common footie team though...)




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« Reply #1 on: A week ago »
Great news! It was bound to happen, sooner or later. :)

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« Reply #2 on: A week ago »
Today was the day....altogether 23 EU members subscribed to a common defense (without Denmark, Ireland, Portugal, Malta and of course GB, which is on it's way out anyhow).

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“The Commission strongly welcomes the move by Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden towards launching Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) on defence, by signing today a joint notification and handing it over to High Representative Federica Mogherini.

It is off to a quick start as 15 of these countries have already offered 47 common projects...the first 10 will be agreed on in December!

Between them are a military Schengen where equipment and soldiers of all PESCO members can be moved freely (yes, even in another country's territory), a common medical commando, an "excellency center" for education and trainings missions and the assembling of common fighting units depending on the same regions.
That could be really interesting as it then would make it in the future possible to see something like a "Visegrad battle group" or a "Weimar battle group" with german, french and polish soldiers.

And alot cheaper it will be too...instead of 23 different and often enough rivaling armies all resources can be pooled into one!

But it won't be without problems of course as every PESCO member has to fulfill 20 commitments. There are also questions about the structure, Germany for example want's as many EU member as possible to become part of PESCO, France on the other side prefers only those who are really, really, really interested and willing to make it work, probably not more than a handful.
Right now it seems Berlin got it's way.
On the other hand, not all members are outside of their 20 commitments being forced to be part of ALL PESCO projects, but even if a country leaves one or two projects out it is also no longer able to bloc it or influence it negatively from the outside. So the others can march on and do their thing...

I really would like to know though how they plan to solve the communication problem... 8)

A really BIG day for Europe!!!
(And thanks again for Trump and Brexit, without these two events we wouldn't be here!)
 

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« Reply #3 on: 6 days ago »
I am very glad to see it happening. Now, if only we could get a proper government - with the current one I am somehow unoptimistic about Poland's closer integration with Europe.

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« Reply #4 on: 6 days ago »
...in some cases the old men just have to die first, to make the way free!  8)