Italy’s foreign minister has urged the European Union to establish a combined army to prevent conflict and maintain regional peace.
In an interview with Italian newspaper La Stampa, Antonio Tajani explained that if the EU wants to play the role of peacekeepers of the world, it is necessary to create a European military. The existence of a unified defense force is a fundamental precondition for an effective European foreign policy, he added.
“In a world with powerful players like the United States, China, India, Russia, with crises from the Middle East to the Indo-Pacific, Italian, German, French or Slovenian citizens can only be protected by something that already exists, namely the European Union,” Tajani said.
The minister also wants the EU to transition toward a single presidency. Currently, the European Council and the European Commission have their own presidents.
The EU will have its next European Parliament Elections from June 6 to 9.