Vice President of the European Parliament Alexander Graf Lambsdorff said he wanted to see more cross-country military training in the bloc.
Speaking to the Neue Osnabrücker newspaper the 50-year-old said: “So far in the European defence policy there is little co-operation, also because the acting people do not know each other.
“That is why we need a college at the European level for military staff training, where every young major, who is chosen for higher leadership positions, is compulsorily trained for six months with other officers from European armed forces.”
Mr Lambsdorff’s proposals bear a similarity to military training in Britain where the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in Berkshire, established in 1947, trains all the officers in the British Army and has a worldwide reputation.
The Commissioning Course lasts 44 weeks and must be successfully completed by all British regular army officers (with some exceptions) before they receive their commission.
Martin Schulz, leader of the Democratic Socialist Party (SPD), has also backed the formation of an European Union-backed force.
The former European Parliament President argued in an article with German politician Thomas Oppermann: “Merkel and the Christian Democratic Union make themselves small vis-a-vis Donald Trump when they answer his provocations around the two-percent target by saying, ‘Okay, fine, we’ll put in more money,’ as if we didn’t have any better ideas what to do.”
Hans-Peter Bartels, Germany’s national defence commissioner, called on Nato’s EU members to form a single military force in June.
On the day Brexit talks got under way he said: “In the end, there will be a European army.”
Mr Bartels said: “We are currently disorganised, technically fragmented and duplicate structures unnecesarily.
“We do not want to go down the solitary national path any more. Not in Germany, not in the Netherlands, not in the Czech Republic and not in Italy.”
While Britain has repeatedly blocked moves to create a unified defence force and policy there have been growing calls within the EU for a single army with those calls being amplified, especially from France and Germany, after US President Donald Trump branded Nato “obsolete”.
Source : EXPRESS