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After the Taliban victory last month, several high-ranking European politicians said the EU needed an army of its own. France is now furious with AUKUK, the new military alliance between the US, UK and Australia.
Its creation prompted Australia to cut a lucrative submarine deal with a French company.
In response, Paris withdrew its ambassadors from the United States and Australia, claiming that the country’s foreign minister had been “stabbed in the back”.
German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said the Afghanistan defeat showed the need for a European “quick reaction force”.
She told the Frankfurter Olgemen Zeitung newspaper: “The question is, what conclusions can I draw from this?
The German defense minister called for a European “quick attack force”.
Angela Merkel with Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer
“Right now, during and after the election campaign, I’m fighting to ensure something like this doesn’t happen and that we can do more next time.
“We just noticed that.
“But even within NATO we can have situations where we have different interests.
“Then we have to be better able to work on our own.”
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The call for the EU army is growing in Brussels
The Taliban strengthened across Afghanistan last month, and Kabul fell on August 15.
Western powers are trying to evacuate their citizens and their Afghan allies from Kabul International Airport.
MS Cramp-Karenbauer had previously expressed doubts about the EU’s exit from the US, which Emmanuel Macron has rarely touched.
Writing for Politico Europe, she said in November: “The illusion of European strategic independence must end.
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In August the Taliban launched an offensive across Afghanistan
Europeans cannot replace the vital role of the United States as a provider of security.
The value of the United States as a world power depends on whether its role as Europe’s protector remains credible.
Guy Verhofstadt, the former Brexit negotiator in the European Parliament, also responded by calling for an EU military presence in Afghanistan.
He tweeted: “Afghanistan is showing once again that the military is vital to the security of our citizens and our allies abroad.
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EU countries must work together: work together and join forces to protect our people, our interests and our values.
“Think beyond bans or cartoons: the EU army is common sense!”
The new AUKUS alliance was announced on Wednesday by Joe Biden, Boris Johnson and Scott Morrison.
In a joint statement, the three heads of state and government said: “Through AUKUS, our governments will enhance each other’s ability to support our security and defense interests and build long-term bilateral relationships.
The Kabul Taliban surrendered on August 15
We will encourage in-depth exchange of information and technology. We will promote the deep integration of science and technology related to security, defense, industrial sites and distribution networks.
“In particular, we will significantly deepen cooperation across a range of security and defense capabilities.”
As part of the deal, the US and UK agreed to help Australia build nuclear submarines, which led to the early termination of the French agreement.
Additional reporting by Monica Ballenberg.
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