Global Affairs

A European army built on dangerous delusions

It will leave Western Europe far weaker, not stronger, which is why the revived idea has the support of Russia.

For most outside observers, the current and very bitter dispute between Europe and the United States over projects to establish a European army seems bizarre.

US President Donald Trump has frequently berated European governments for not doing enough to pay for their own defence. But when the Europeans are proposing to do precisely that by developing their own military capabilities, the US President proclaims himself enraged.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 19, 2018, with the headline 'A European army built on dangerous delusions'. Print Edition | Subscribe