What a discussion between German Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU, President of Bundestag) and ⁦@GoulardSylvie⁩ (LREM, former MEP, former French defence minister)! 😮

Schäuble: „Deutsche wären bereit, auf nationale Armee zu verzichten“ - WELT welt.de/politik/deutsc…
A Franco-German interview that *starts* with questions about security and defence? Where things actually go beyond “we’re striving to create a European Army... eventually”? Pretty neat!
Schäuble: “I regret that the Aachen Treaty did not include more on the cooperation on the military level. That this is missing today wasn’t Paris fault.”
Schäuble (no really): “as long as the [European defence community] remains a Franco-German initiative, Paris should take the lead.”
Schäuble: “Germans would be up for [a united European Army]. They’d be willing immediately to give up the national army for that.”

He’s got a point there - I am just not sure how much this has to do with Europe enthusiasm and how much with scepticism towards armed forces.

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