Germany’s Merkel calls for creation of an EU army

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel debates the future of Europe with the members of the European Parliament, in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday, Nov.13. (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.