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As an organisation, the European Union has spent decades aiming to increase co-operation between its member states and to grow its influence internationally. Recently, this aim has led to the suggested formation of a centrally controlled EU army.
Supporters of an EU army including France and Germany, argue that it would increase co-operation between member states and faith in the EU has a whole. In a time with rising euro-skepticism, many argue that an EU army is a much-needed push towards political integration within Europe. Others on this side say an EU army is a vital step in reducing Europe’s dependence on the US in military matters, and that it would give the EU the ability to conduct military operations without outside help, allowing it to be more independent.
However, there are many who do not support this idea. Those who oppose an EU army say it would be an organisational nightmare and ineffective at achieving its aims. They argue that the cooperation needed between all member states to conduct actions would be too difficult to maintain. Others who oppose the creation of such an army argue that it would be a massive overreach by the EU and its creation would lead to euro-skepticism as was seen during the Brexit referendum.
The debate remains undecided. Would an EU army bring Europe together and increase its power and influence, or, would such an army be ineffective and harmful to the stability of the EU as a whole?