Well, I knew this had to happen eventually. I’ve written about this more than a year ago. See https://mixedmarriage.wordpress.com/2014/05/13/eu-militarisation/ and https://mixedmarriage.wordpress.com/2014/05/18/eu-militarisation-2/
I also wrote about it some time ago when Reinfeldt took Merkel, Cameron, and the Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte to the country residence of the Swedish prime minister at Harpsund and they went for a row on the lake. The two posts are https://mixedmarriage.wordpress.com/2014/06/28/eu-council-remains-all-powerful/ and https://mixedmarriage.wordpress.com/2014/07/13/manoeuvrings-withinthe-eu-council/.
It is also typical that Juncker proposed this, appointed by Angela Merkel who wanted him and got him. It would seem that she only needs one other large European country to support her, in the above case it was France, but it could equally be Britain, Poland, Spain or Italy. Decision-making in the EU is becoming increasingly totalitarian – there is no other word for it – as power in the EU is increasingly being centred around Germany. The appointment of Juncker is a clear example of the centralisation of power and the appointment of Barosso’s successor from among those in favour of such centralisation. The first move has already been made by Juncker: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/08/jean-claude-juncker-calls-for-eu-army-european-commission-miltary
United European army
Now, as a part of the attempt to exhibit their own political subject status, the EU leaders show the idea of a united army. However this idea should bother the USA more than the RF, because Russia doesn’t really depend much on if the European armies are combined in NATO or if they are united in some joint European army controlled by Brussels. No matter what, any war between the EU and the RF will culminate in a nuclear exchange. Even the direct non-nuclear standoff (if the USA are not taken into account) doesn’t promise any rapid success to the sides. And the USA should be more worried in this respect, because the loss of military instruments of control over the European armies will lead to the loss of influence over Europe and the end of the era of “democratic coalitions led by the USA”.
It is quite natural that Russia will condemn any military motions in Europe and the USA will insist on the supremacy of the NATO structures in order to not let the Europeans get off the hook. So, it is unlikely that in the next few years Europe will be able to crawl from under the dictate of the Atlantic structures. Nevertheless, it must be noted that saber-rattling and flexing military muscles became a clear mark of recent times.
Original article: http://colonelcassad.livejournal.com/2081497.html (in Russian)