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Merkel's support for European army fails to convince Paris

Move seen as hiding Germany's reluctance to support France on broader EU reforms

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to throw her weight behind a French initiative to create a unified European armed force has surprised some of her fellow continental leaders.

Speaking to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday hours after US President Donald Trump mocked the very same idea in his tweets, Dr Merkel told MPs that the continent should one day consider creating a "real true European army".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 15, 2018, with the headline 'Merkel's support for European army fails to convince Paris'. Print Edition | Subscribe