EU Army plans back on table if Donald Trump secures US Election 2020, French MEP warns | World | News


The European Union could be “pushed” into strengthening military ties across the continent in the event of Donald Trump securing a second term in the White House, according to the French MEP. Thierry Mariani suggested President Trump’s isolationist policies would serve as a “wake-up call” for Brussels to seek alternatives to the NATO defence system. Speaking to France 24, Mr Mariani said: “I think it will be a chance for Europe. Europe will exist…there will be a day when we have a common defence or common foreign affairs.

“For that, we need to have stronger force together and if NATO, little by little, is less present in Europe maybe some country will push the defence effort.

“I think it’s a chance for Europe and that’s why I think it’s in the interests of Europe to have less American troops inside the continent.”

President Trump has had a rather patchy relationship with the EU and its members, repeatedly expressing criticism over the failure of some nations like Germany to live up to NATO investment requirements.

Earlier this year, Mr Trump announced the US would withdraw 12,000 troops from Germany and redeploy them back home or across other bases in Europe.

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Mr Mariani insisted a second Trump term could help the continent to seek more independence from the US and to establish itself as a leading power on the international stage.

He continued: “As an MEP from France, I’m thinking what is the interest of Europe and what is the interest of France.

“Thinking about the history of Europe, I hope that Donald Trump will be re-elected. I don’t think like an American citizen, I think like a European citizen.

“What is my dream? I entered politics dreaming like General de Gaulle of an independent Europe.

“Europe as a power and not just as an all-the-time ally to America.”

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Nigel Farage, who is a friend of the President and one of his most outspoken supporters, already signalled Mr Trump is unlikely to renounce his criticism of the bloc if he wins the election.

Speaking on Friday, Mr Farage said: “This guy is a big eurosceptic, a believer in Brexit.

“What Donald Trump sees is a European Union in which, from north to south, east to west, people are saying ‘why are we being governed by Brussels?’

“He sees me as a forerunner for the argument that a Europe of nation-states is the way forward, not a Europe governed by the European Commission.”

The US Election 2020 will take place on November 3.