18:22 May. 3, 2016
Berlin pushes for united army coordination and manufacture of combat equipment
Germany is going to present its project of the joint armed forces of the E.U. Berlin is planning to strengthen army cooperation with the European Union by organising united defence headquarters, shared military strategy and collective manufacture of combat equipment and vehicles.
Other initiatives include common cyberwarfare abilities, reported by the international newspaper, The Financial Times.
According to the text of the project, European defence remains seriously fragmented. This raises costs and handicaps it in international competition and makes it difficult for national militaries to operate together.
"It is therefore necessary that military capabilities are jointly planned, developed, managed, procured and deployed to raise the interoperability of Europe's defence forces and to further improve Europe's capacity to act", stated in the document.
Germany originally intended to propose the joint army project ahead of the "Brexit" referendum in the U.K. on June 23. However, later it was postponed until after the vote. According to FT, Berlin fears euroskeptics could use the document to encourage people to vote for leaving the Union.