German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen on Friday threw her weight behind the idea of a European Union army, floated by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker earlier this month. “I am convinced that a European army or a European defense union can be created as a logical consequence of European integration,”

Ms. von der Leyen said during the Brussels Forum, a foreign-policy conference in Brussels. “Europe will only stay politically relevant in the future if we are able to complement our economic power and our political influence with a truly coherent security and defense policy,” she added. READ MORE