The Trumpet (Link) - Ron Fraser (January 10, 2011)
Last November, France and the United Kingdom signed a joint defense agreement. It comprises two treaties covering the joint deployment of both countries’ armed forces, the combining of equipment and communications, and nuclear deterrence.
This has set a precedent that Berlin and Brussels are eager to exploit. The UK-France defense pact will now have a domino effect on other European Union member nations as EU elites move aggressively to shape a combined European defense structure. They will use the EU-France precedent to push EU member states into a series of similar alliances designed to merge EU nations’ fighting forces into a pan-European defense structure under a single centralized high command.
“Implemented correctly, these treaties could become a hopeful precedent for the entire European Union,” former EU foreign-policy chief Javier Solana recently stated. “By transcending strictly national limits, these treaties chart the future path of European defense” (New Europe, January 3; emphasis mine throughout).