Russian Roulette – Will an EU Army be the answer to the Crimea Conflicts?

Every morning when I wake the first thing I do without fail is pick up my phone and get my morning fix of the news provided to me no questions asked by The Daily Mail. Embarrassingly my addiction doesn’t stop there, throughout the day I can be found copping a quick look to ensure I’m up to date with current affairs and joining in the debates through the comment box.

However recently my daily routine hasn’t been as satisfying as it once was – For the past few months my attention has been drawn to the amount of negativity and conflict the world has to offer. Call it naivety perhaps but it is a fact that the ratio of positive to negative features has shifted. A day does not pass without the headlines focusing on violent actions such as mass execution at the hands of radical extremists or fixating on how youngsters have been taken advantage of by people in positions of power. It makes you wonder the reasoning for this? Is it because there is more evil in the world today? Or simply because us humans are drawn in by the suffering of others and the papers feed of this.

Take today for instance, a story that stuck in my mind perhaps because it was a piece that could affect myself and any other British and EU citizens in the near future. Speaking to the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag, The European Commission President has called for the creation of an EU army as a response to the rising tensions with Russia. Jean Claude Juncker proceeded, “You would not create a European army to use it immediately, but a common army among the Europeans would convey to Russia that we are serious about defending the values of the European Union.”

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The proposal has been welcomed in many countries including Germany who’s Defence Minister responded with her own personal statement noting that ‘our future as Europeans will one day be a European army’ and ‘would strengthen Europe security.’ However, the president has encountered some opposition including Ukip’s defence spokesman Mike Hookem who said ‘We have all seen the utter mess the EU has made of the eurozone economy, so how can we even think of trusting them with this island’s defence?

 So what does this mean for the EU and more subjectively Britain? By using Conrad & Scotts dispute resolution system (2005) the use of power can be used in order to pressure Russia to back down with the use of force.

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However, the real question here is how do we gather this EU army? Do we impose to bring back national service for every adolescent male living in Europe? Personally I agree with Mike Hookem – from past examples such as the Eurozone economy the EU cannot cope under pressure, so how do they plan to control an army against the most powerful and lethal country in the world?

Those are my personal opinions on the matter; I would love to here yours through the poll below and of course comments!

Natalie

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15 thoughts on “Russian Roulette – Will an EU Army be the answer to the Crimea Conflicts?

  1. It is true, the world has become a dark place but whether this is a new revolution I am unsure of. Wars have been fought since the creation and used as a way of control. Even the stone men would fight in order to gain leadership of their people so it is nothing new. When it comes to the Crimean Conflict whether an EU army should be created is a different story. As I believe you mentioned previously the EU hardly cope very well under pressure and could they really control an army? Especially an army against one of the most lethal countries in the world. Yes something does need to be done regarding the Russia/Ukraine conflict but personally an EU army is not the solution more focus should be brought upon other options but what those options are I am unsure of.

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    1. Hi Solomon. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. I’m glad are in agreement with some of my points and recognising the dangerousness of Russia. After writing the post I began to think of some other possible options apart from an EU army for what the EU can do to stop suffering in that area. They say that negotiation is the best thing in these sorts of situations but Putin is not the easiest to deal with. What do you think?

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  2. Britain HAVE to get out of the EU. Cant believe it hasnt happened already so many people are for it. It will be the british doing all the work donating all the troops and spending the most as per! And if majority of EU members are part of NATO, then whats the need for a Continental armed force?

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    1. Leaving the EU has been a hot topic recently and one that I haven’t posted about before. I agree there is always a risk of other countries not pulling their weight per-say financially. It looks like you are in support of the NATO would you be in favour of letting them intervene in the Russian Conflict if it gets to that?

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  3. I think its rubbish that the EU are claiming the EU army is to manage the conflict in Russia that is a conspiracy the real reason is to reduce the US influence in Europe and I agree with that!

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    1. Thanks for your comment Dan,

      Any chance of you elaborating on this conspiracy theory as I have never heard of it before? Sounds very interesting and could be a potential next blog post?

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  4. I heard about this briefly on LBC London but didn’t really understand what the aim of it was and was interested in finding out more. When I came across your blog through reddit.com I clicked on it and was provided with the information I needed. I will clearly state I am NOT a fan of the government, and the EU-even worse! It is ran by unelected snobby upper class citizens who are a bunch of power crazed dictators! They want us all to march for them and obey them and are using the Russia ‘threat’ as a way to do this with the need of an army. All a load of rubbish conflict isn’t ended through violence it’s ended by educated people and a legally binding treaty! Personally the soon UKIP are in the better!!!!!

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    1. I’m glad I could provide more information for you on the subject, it definitely is interesting! If I interpreted your comment properly I believe your agreeing with my view that negotiation is the key to solving the Russia conflict! Let me know! 🙂

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  5. UK need to learn to stop running in and intervening with other countries battles! We are a small country with little money! The sooner we’re out of the EU the safer our country will be

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    1. From previous examples it does seem that the UK like to follow the crowd when it comes to war Karen and I personally believe our countries do not have the finances to look after our own troops let alone donate to an EU army as well!
      How do you feel leaving the EU will aid us in this matter?

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  6. It makes me sad that the Crimean Conflict is being forgotten about and being overshadowed by the threat of ISIS. If you look at the statistics you will see the Russia/Ukraine conflict is just as deadly as middle eastern terrorist groups and of those deaths many are innocents. Something has to be done and if thats an EU army then so be it. No more people need to suffer, this is more close to home and it is being forgotten!

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    1. I am in complete agreement with you there Lisa. I feel this conflict has been overshadowed. However I am unsure if ground troops are the best way to go about it. Yes we should protect ourselves but you need to remember that there are innocent people affected there too! Let me know what you think about this..

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  7. I enjoyed reading this because it shows how ridiculous Juncker really is. Surely anyone can see a european army would undermind the Nato alliance. By setting up a EU army the EU would have to rely on its own resources which will not be affective. At least with the NATO alliance we can rely on support from US.

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  8. Thanks for commenting Steve.

    It does seem the Juncker has extremest views. I don’t know much about the NATO alliance, if you would like to provide me more information that would be really helpful!

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  9. Juncker repeated this appeal in the EU Parliament on Wednesday and I fear that, true to form, the European Commission will not listen to any detractors and will simply push ahead. I agree with some other comments that the conflict has been overshadowed, but I think we have to be careful about jumping in, boots’n’all, as that is almost certainly a path to a catastrophic war.
    The argument that Putin was provoked by EU expansionism also has some merit, of course along with his paranoia.

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