Get off that cloud, Guy!’ Verhofstadt shamed as he rages at NATO chiefs EU army warning

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The NATO Secretary-General warned the formation of a united military force in the EU would divide Europe and undermine decades of efforts in geopolitical matters by the Alliance. He said: “Any attempt to establish parallel structures, duplicate the command structure, that will weaken our joint capability to work together, because with scarce resources we need to prevent duplication and overlapping efforts.

“I welcome more European efforts on defence but that can never replace NATO and we need to make sure that Europe and North America band together.”

He added: “Any attempt to weaken the bond between North America and Europe will not only weaken NATO, it will divide Europe.”

Replying to the NATO chief, Guy Verhofstadt blasted: “No, Stoltenberg, European Defence as the European pillar of NATO will strengthen the Alliance by putting an end to the numerous duplications and waste of money between the armies of the EU member states!”

But his comments backfired on Twitter as social media users were prompt to lambasted the Belgian MEP.

One user said: “It is what the EU does best. Add another layer of bureaucracy, appoint another president, add civil servants, buildings, expense accounts etc. But zero extra military resource.”

And another one: “You are NOT right about this. NATO has served Europe well since its foundation. The sheer thought of VDL being in charge of an army fills one with terror.”

Someone else warned: “Not sure many soldiers would be keen on risking their lives for the EU. Defending their country, for sure.”

Another user urged EU states to start spending more on their defence.

They wrote: “Then Europe needs to do more to fund NATO. US funds 69.3 percent, UK 6.2 percent with France and Germany around 5.2 percent. That’s 85 percent between just 4 countries with the US making up more than Europe combined.

“So yes, NATO will ALWAYS be better than any EU Military.”

Others questioned the legitimacy of such a mission.

One person said: “And where are you getting the money or authority for that?

“Because we all know you’re not going to ask the People of Europe for permission.”

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Someone else questioned instead of the ability of EU institutions leaders to pull it off.

They said: “If the EU perform as they did with the Covid vaccine, you’ll provide a slow, inefficient and more importantly, an ineffective service.

“Get off that cloud as it’s not going to happen!”

It comes as EU defence ministers met last week to discuss the plans as the crisis in Afghanistan highlighted the bloc’s ever-growing dependency on the US military.

The EU will present a draft proposal of a potential “first entry force” in November and wants to seal the deal when France takes over the six-month EU Council presidency from January 2022.

Germany called on the European Union on Thursday to enable coalitions of the willing within the bloc to rapidly deploy a military force in a crisis.

And EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell urged the bloc to create a rapidly deployable “first entry force” of 5,000 troops to reduce dependency on the United States.

He said: “Sometimes there are events that catalyse history, that create a breakthrough, and I think that Afghanistan is one of these cases.”

He added that he hoped for a plan in October or November.

He said: “It represents a warning for the Europeans, they need to wake (up) and to take their own responsibilities.”

Emmanuel Macron also put into question the bloc’s military alliance with the US within NATO whilst admitting the EU is “too weak” militarily as it stands today.

He said: “As I have done at every point in front of the French people, I would today like to say with resolute conviction: the Europe of today is too weak, too slow, too inefficient.

“But Europe alone can enable us to take action in the world, in the face of the big contemporary challenges.”

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