EXCLUSIVE / Centre-right leaders will greenlight a plan to move towards an EU defence union at the European People's Party congress in Madrid next week, EurActiv.com has learned.
In a strategic paper which will be adopted at the Congress, and obtained by EurActiv.com, EPP leaders will say that the various crises in Europe’s neighbourhood have taken the bloc to a moment of truth.
“We are going to move towards an EU army much faster than people believe,” said EPP president Joseph Daul to a small group of journalists on Thursday (15 October). The EPP is the largest European-level political party, and currently includes 10 EU and 6 non-EU heads of state and government.
The largest political party in the European Parliament is the EPP group. They want to move forward with a "European Defence Union"
EPP leaders are determined to respond to rising threats by pushing the European Council to support three new steps, laying the ground for a full-fledged EU Security and Defence Union, and ultimately a European army.
Solana lives in Madrid. So I wonder if he will be part of this plan proposal, even though he is not EPP, but socialist.
Also, there are rumors that Merkel will ask Cameron not to block an EU army, in exchange for his treaty renegotiation plans.
Time will tell. Stay tuned!