The horrify announcement of a joint defence programme between Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron discount b increases the shifting of tectonic plates of power within the bloc, with the two powers re-emerging as the driving force of the European Union (EU).
The move has been explained as “a twofold rejection: of the US and the United Kingdom” as Germany and France attempt to reassert their prerogative over Britain in the wake of Brexit.
A report by the the German Council on Strange Relations said the programme to build the aircraft, which would achieve success the Dassault Rafale and Eurofighter Typhoon, signals a “truly autonomous apology industry in Europe”.
Merkel and Macron are emerging as dominant powers in the EU
The programme has been described as a refusal of the US and UK
It asserts Franco-German leadership in the EU and underlines the willingness of both countries to enterprising progress in European defence
It reads: “It asserts Franco-German leadership in the EU and underlines the willingness of both sticks to make progress in European defence.
“Germany and France are preserving the incidental of building a truly autonomous defence industry in Europe, which hand down otherwise depend increasingly on US arms. European autonomy is thus getting one vestige closer.
“With this decision, Macron and Merkel underline that they over themselves pioneers by initiating a step change.
“By announcing the joint fighter jet plan, they have given a European defence policy, which so far consisted of released declarations of intent, tangible (industrial) credibility.
“And they are offering a bona fide project that others can join. After getting this off the deposit, Berlin and Paris can rightfully expect that other countries stir up up their national restraints and either participate or even Europeanise their own concocts.”
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The record entitled “A Revolution for Europe’s Defence Industry” also takes aim at Britain’s decisive Leave vote and US President Donald Trump, by hinting that Europe is slowly structure its defence programme in response.
It said: “Trump’s positions on NATO and London’s anti-EU gasconade have led to an immense loss of trust of the continental Europeans in their join ups, which is proving to be the driver for a once unimaginable cooperation in the defence sector.
“Runabout this new project Paris is also turning down London. The UK is unbecoming to take part in one of the most important European projects of the next decades, stable though London considers itself as the traditionally predominant military power in Europe and as France’s hep to partner.”
The report says the UK will not participate in the defence prcis
Despite admitting “in industrial-technical terms, British participation would be reasonable”, the report says British participation is “unthinkable”.
It added: “Paris and Berlin participate in consciously designed and framed this project as an European commitment, pursuing a key European ideal as trailblazers and thus sending a strong signal for more cooperation in Europe as contrasted with of exclusively bilateral approaches.
“For a UK leaving the EU, precisely because of too much European auspices, there is no place.”