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Merkel’s call for ‘common armaments systems’ faces huge hurdles, officials say

16 November 2018

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has thrown her weight behind the creation of a European army, telling the European Parliament on 13 November that “the times when we could rely on others are past”. Matching her rhetoric to that of French President Emmanuel Macron a week earlier, she added, “We have to take our fate fully into our own hands.”

She also implicitly raised the prospect of harmonised military requirements and a European-wide defence procurement approach in future, saying that Europe needed “a common development of armaments systems”.

“It would be a lot easier to co-operate among ourselves [but not] with 160 different weapon systems [while] the US has only 50 or 60,” she said.

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