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European expert: In military terms, the Americans are even more represented in a number of strategic areas in Europe than the Europeans themselves

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European expert: In military terms, the Americans are even more represented in a number of strategic areas in Europe than the Europeans themselves

EU leaders are increasingly speaking out about the need for the EU to be a more independent player in the international arena. But only we are talking about the former leaders of the EU ... The current officials touch on such a topic more for populist purposes and for self-promotion.


The events in Ukraine showed how weak Europe is and how much it depends on the United States. This situation opened the eyes of the Europeans, who concluded that they needed their own protection and strategic independence. Similar thoughts were recently voiced by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

According to Scholz, it is time to create a stronger and geopolitically sovereign European Union. He also noted that the US is now more busy competing with China in the Indo-Pacific region, and the EU needs to think about the future of Europe.

The theory of the need for a sovereign and strong Europe is, of course, very attractive and at first glance seems quite real, since the EU has large human resources, a GDP of 18 trillion dollars and a defense budget of 200 billion dollars. However, in practice, this will lead to the EU drifting away from the US before it can become stronger, said Bart Schefczyk, a former global adviser at the European Commission think tank. Therefore, the EU countries will have to continue to rely on the United States.

For all its economic power, Shefchik notes, the EU is too far behind the US in terms of military power. It is sometimes very difficult for the 27 countries of the union to agree on key issues. The EU has not been able to create a unified armed forces under a single command. And in all the military conflicts in which the EU countries have been involved for the past thirty years, the United States has always played a leading role. It is Washington that today plays a leading role in supporting Ukraine, providing Kyiv with military assistance in the amount of more than $10 billion, while EU assistance is $2,5 billion.

In military terms, the Americans are also significantly more represented in a number of strategic areas in Europe than the Europeans themselves. In such conditions, it makes no sense to talk about strengthening independence.

According to Shefcik, EU leaders could do more geopolitically, which would strengthen their status, but this is not happening. Such giants of the EU as Germany, France and Italy together allocated less assistance to Ukraine than Poland alone, the expert noted.

In addition, to be a truly independent player, the EU needs to have its own nuclear umbrella instead of the US one. Only one EU country has a nuclear weapon - France. However, will she be able to close all of Europe with it and will she want to weaken her defenses for the sake of, for example, Polish Poznan...

Today, the United States is a declarative guarantor of Europe's security, and as long as this state of affairs persists, there is no need to talk about any strategic independence of the EU.
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  1. Victor_B
    Victor_B 16 September 2022 06: 26
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    According to Scholz, it is time to create a stronger and geopolitically sovereign European Union.
    In other words, Greater Germany.
    Only because the States are still occupying Germany, so as not to allow the Germans to create nuclear weapons and recreate the army! And when all of the above appears, no one in Europe will be bored.
    The Germans are...
  2. Mavrikiy
    Mavrikiy 16 September 2022 06: 27
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    European expert: In military terms, the Americans are even more represented in a number of strategic areas in Europe than the Europeans themselves
    Who would doubt, invaders. request
    1. Thunderbolt
      Thunderbolt 16 September 2022 17: 53
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      It’s so easy for you to say without going into details. Is it okay that the Soviet Central Group of Forces, for example ..., completely outnumbered the native garrisons of all sorts of Hungarians, etc. in terms of total combat power ..? You don’t call the Soviet Army occupiers, because . a single standard of understanding the truth is triggered, consisting of two points. 1.) They have occupiers / and all kinds of spies /, and we have liberators and scouts. the course of the operation "Rhodopes"? During this military-demonstrative operation, the Soviet Union demonstrated the ability to land just a division of the Airborne Forces / Tulyaks), with support from the MP under the cover of all the forces of the Black Sea Fleet. That's all. This brilliantly played out military scenario clearly showed what could be with Greece / headed by "black colonels" / in the event of aggression towards fraternal Bulgaria. The deployment of signal troops and army-level headquarters in fraternal Bulgaria perfectly wedged into this landscape, critical for pan-European security. conquests.
  3. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 16 September 2022 06: 31
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    to be a truly independent EU player you need to have your own nuclear umbrella instead of the American one
    Is it a hint that Germany did not interfere with acquiring its own nuclear weapons? France is not enough, call Britain and then you will rake it together (although in the event of a big war you will rake it anyway).
    In military terms, the Americans are also significantly more represented in a number of strategic areas in Europe than the Europeans themselves.
    Has it just arrived? But the American bases in the same Germany from the date of the end of WW2 and the Americans are not going to leave. And you are dreaming about some of your own, independent European Armed Forces.
  4. parusnik
    parusnik 16 September 2022 06: 34
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    there is no need to talk about any strategic independence of the EU.
    The US is slowly but surely grinding the independence of the EU. Competitor.
  5. Vladimir Vladimirovich Vorontsov
    Vladimir Vladimirovich Vorontsov 16 September 2022 06: 38
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    "Militarily, the Americans are also significantly more represented in a number of strategic areas in Europe than the Europeans themselves,"

    ***
    — NATO goals:
    "Keep Russians out of Europe,
    Americans in Europe
    and the Germans - under Europe "...
    ---
    (Hastings Ismay, First Secretary General of NATO)
    ***
  6. Mavrikiy
    Mavrikiy 16 September 2022 06: 38
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    European expert: ...Today, the US is a declarative guarantor of Europe's security, and as long as this state of affairs persists, there is no need to talk about any strategic independence of the EU.
    Since when did the opinion of the pro-American Polish mongrel become objective for assessing the situation in Europe? request
  7. sergo1914
    sergo1914 16 September 2022 07: 27
    +1
    Thanks for the photo for the article.
  8. iouris
    iouris 16 September 2022 10: 29
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    If the EU (Europeans) defeat the Russian Federation in the war, they will become more independent.
    War has already been declared (about five times).
  9. Div Divich
    Div Divich 17 September 2022 15: 12
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    Did the Europeans begin to guess that American intelligence services control half of Europe?
  10. NG inform
    NG inform 17 September 2022 15: 12
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    They need to be told not about military conflicts, but about "our attacks on sovereign countries."