Who: Wolfgang Schäuble, German Finance Minister
"To cope with security challenges at home and abroad, the EU must have a common military instead of 28 national armies, the German finance minister proposed in an interview, insisting the bloc should engage more to tackle Middle Eastern and African crises.”
In the interview, Wolfgang Schäuble, federal finance minister and vocal conservative politician, stated that "We will have to spend a lot more funds for joint European defence initiatives,"
“In the end, our goal must be a common European Army,” arguing that national military spending across 28 countries in the EU “could be employed in a far better way together.”(1)
THE CASE FOR A #FREEBRITAIN
"In all but name only, a European Army already exists and has done for many years. The EU nations have previously co-operated through the European Rapid Operational Force (Eurofor) and now work together via EU battlegroups under the EUís Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). This would continue whether the UK leaves or remains, but I believe in a sovereign army, that is controlled by the British government, not a European government.
If the UK did leave the EU, the nations of Europe could still continue to co-operate on military and defence matters through NATO, but we would be able to stand tall with our British army."
Steven Woolfe MEP