New Europe: Plans to militarise EU rejected by leftist MEPs
New Europe reports on the “EU Defence plan and future of Europe” debate in Strasbourg (www.neweurope.eu/article/plans-militarise-eu-rejected-leftist-meps/):
"Opening the debate with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen, German MEP Sabine Lösing spoke on behalf of the GUE/NGL group, saying: “Despite the official EU position on this matter, the great majority of people do not want the militarisation of the union.”
“What the people want now more than ever is a peaceful, democratic and social European Union. But no, the EU policy is heading in the opposite direction: for the first time in the upcoming EU budget, an armaments budget called the Defence Fund will be set up with a total of €38.5bn.”
“EU treaties prohibit expenditure arising from operations having military or defence implications from the EU budget – it is in the text of The Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). So stop bulldozing your way through!” said Lösing."