The idea of a European Army is once again making headlines. Late December, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble proposed that the EU must have a common military instead of 28 national armies, and insisted the bloc should engage more to tackle Middle Eastern and African crises. “In the end, our goal must be a common European Army,” he said. The proposal, whose other notable proponents include ex-U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair, is one of several suggestions geared toward countering the rise of major global powers such as India and China while maintaining British relevance in the process.

Rt.com reported Blair’s comments as published in Newsweek magazine. He stated that Britain should be part of the proposed EU army and stay in the union despite the efforts of backwards-looking Euro-skeptics to withdraw. Blair further argued that there has never been a stronger need for European unity, on defense and elsewhere and that the EU must bind together and ignore those who are “forever looking backward to break the union asunder.” He added that smaller countries which have a population of below 100 million would be wise to rely on their “geographical relationships” to stay ahead of the game  part of which involves a Pan-European defense force. FULL REPORT