The European Union has been faltering in recent years, with the exit of the United Kingdom and a growing populist movement across the continent.
But now Germany and France are pushing back with a new treaty that advocates for a “European Army, reports Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
Gatestone Institute Senior Fellow Soeren Kern noted that French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have signed a new Franco-German friendship treaty “aimed at reinvigorating the European Union.
“The continent has been buffeted by the European debt crisis, mass migration and Brexit — as well as innumerable conflicting interests and priorities among its 28 member states.”
Describing the two nations as the “self-appointed guardians of European integration,” Kern said the new treaty is a response to the growing influence of populists in Austria, Britain, France, Italy, Hungary, Poland and other European countries.
The populists are “seeking to slow, and even reverse, European integration by recouping national sovereignty from the European Union and transferring those powers back to national capitals.”
The Aachen Treaty, signed Jan. 22 in the German city of Aachen, features 28 articles that have both states committing to closer cooperation in a number of different areas.
“The first eight articles, which encompass bilateral foreign and defense policy as well as the European Union, are the most ambitious and consequential items in the treaty,” he reported.
For example, the first commits to more cooperation on foreign and security policy, as well as the economy. The second calls for the two nations to consult and seek common positions on issues.
Other articles call for them to act jointly, make their defense objectives align and strengthen Europe’s “capacity for action and to jointly invest to fill its capacity gaps.” They also call for cooperation in meeting United Nations goals, fighting together against terror, improving cooperation with Africa and working to align their agenda at the U.N.