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EU army? Brussels ‘to set up NEW MILITARY UNIT’ amid growing tensions in Europe

The division, known as the Military Planning and Conduct Capabilities (MPCC) unit, could be responsible for the EU training missions in African countries including Somalia, Mali and Central African Republic.

EU member states have reportedly agreed all major issues, according to four diplomats and two Brussels officials who asked to remain anonymous.

Military integration has been long been a priority for some EU members but Britain has been a staunch critic, strongly resisting anything that could be considered an EU military headquarters.

There are early suggestion the MPCC is set to be based in Brussels, the same location as the EU Military Staff (EUMS), who provide military expertise to EU members.

The new unit is intended to deal solely with military operations, and would be much smaller than the existing EUMS department.

The unit is set to be comprised of between 20 and 30 members of staff who will be led by Esa Pulkkinen, a Finnish general already in charge of the EUMS, according to Politico.

Last month, US Defence Sectary James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis called for Nato allies to step up their military spending at a meeting in Brussels.

Discussions over future military integration of EU members are planned for later this year

He said: “By putting it out there, by being very honest among friends, we say this is a burden that we all have to carry equally.

“And by being persuasive there, we will write our own headlines as a unified alliance that will stand up for each other.”

The EU is set to explore a clause in the Lisbon Treaty which would allow more military integration between member states.

The clause states that countries willing to integrate further would be able to do so without the consensus of others, and this possibility is set to be debated at an EU summit in June.


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