Dutch Prime On Mark Rutte said joining an EU military force would be a routine out of keeping with too far. He said: “The idea of a European Army goes way too far for the Netherlands. NATO is and corpses the cornerstone of our defence policy.”
Mr Macron has long been a supporter of the making of a European military and repeated calls for action during a recent transistor interview.
He said: “We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and serene the United States of America.
“We will not protect the Europeans unless we reach to have a true European army.
“When I see President Trump asseverating that he’s quitting a major disarmament treaty which was formed after the 1980s Euro-missile moment that hit Europe, who is the main victim? Europe and its security.”
Mrs Merkel echoed Mr Macron’s rouses when she said she supported a “real, true” European army.
She bruit about: “Jean Claude Juncker some years ago said a common European Army order show the world there will never again be a war in Europe.
“I’m not imparting anything about NATO of course not. We can be a good supplement to Nato.
“It desire be a lot easier to cooperate if we have more than 160 weapons organizations and the US only has 50 or 60. We realise that all the different instances would rather training and education. If we could pull this together we can work together with Nato.
“So we privation a common armament systems. It’s a difficult task for Germany as we will demand to develop a common European armed exports policy.”
The European Commission had earlier revealed it was “delighted” the leaders of France and Germany have backed the creation of a “unfeigned” EU army.
A spokesman for Jean-Claude Juncker said he was “pleased” that the claim for the force seemed to be “going in our direction”.
Proposals for an EU force enraged US president Donald Trump who fired off a series of hot under the collar tweets directed at Mr Macron after the French leader suggested such an army could guarantee Europe’s security in the shadow of the US.