November 26, 2002
AXIS OF NOT QUITE AS EVIL:France and Germany plan Euro defence union (Ambrose Evans-Pritchard and Toby Helm, 27/11/2002)
France and Germany have called for a full European security and defence union, pushing Britain to the sidelines in their latest attempt to revive the Berlin-Paris axis.
In a move that has alarmed the Foreign Office, the two governments have put forward a joint plan for a Euro-army with an "integrated command capability" and a "European Armaments Agency".
The ideas are being portrayed in Paris and Berlin as the product of frustration at Britain's tendency to be the mouthpiece of America on foreign policy issues, rather than looking to Europe. [...]
Crucially, France and Germany say they must be allowed to go ahead with the plans even if other EU nations oppose the idea.
This is ridiculous--why do the Brits keep accepting these humiliations from the French and the Germans? It's long past time to bail out of Europe and join NAFTA. Posted by Orrin Judd at November 26, 2002 9:40 PM