Germany's Merkel calls for creation of an EU army

Germany's Merkel calls for creation of an EU army
German Chancellor Angela Merkel debates the future of Europe with the members of the European Parliament, in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday, Nov.13, 2018. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

BRUSSELS (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the European Union should work toward creating its own joint army, just after marking the centenary of the end of World War I with world leaders in France.

Merkel told EU lawmakers Tuesday that “we have to work on the vision of one day creating a real European army.”

In a speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, Merkel underlined that such a force would not mean the end of NATO, the U.S.-led military alliance.

She also called for the creation of a European security council.

It’s not the first time such a call has been made. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was widely criticized after suggesting the creation of a European army; notably by Britain, a staunch ally of the United States.