The need for a common EU military force – IR INSIDER
In addition, there are opponents of a joint European Union army due to the historical notion that a militarized Germany is a dangerous Germany. However, while these fears have a basis in a Europe still marked by the 20th century, there are ways to implement a joint army while preventing the total and outright militarization of Germany.
In any joint army, France would have to balance due to the fact that it already has the most competent military force in the Union and also possesses nuclear weapons. In addition, controls could be put in place so that the two dominant countries (France and Germany) of the European Union cannot have direct control over the European Armed Forces, just like the way in which traditionally the UN is not run by a country with nuclear power. The European Union could also take a similar stance on funding the European military – and with member states not being able to spend more money than their adjusted GDP would allow, there would be a sense of equality.
Another way to fight against Germany being the only advantage of a military force is to have equal quota contributions from each member state for a standing defense force. In addition, it could be decided that military materiel and equipment purchased for an army of the European Union would only be intended for the purpose of the Union, and that production of these weapons and equipment would be based in Member States which have traditionally struggled economically.
The increasing pressure on the eastern border of the European Union from Russia will have to force the Union to act– otherwise, Europe risks the complete engulfing of Ukraine by Russia and the continuation of the economic and humanitarian war waged on its borders. Decision-makers will have to put their differences aside if they really want to have a united Europe, and if they want to be ready to fill a gap in the future without the support of NATO and the United States, the time has come to go further to integrate face the threats that are coming closer and closer to home and push them further away abroad.