“The bodies and procedures are in place: the PSC, the EU Military Staff, the European Defence Agency, the European External Action Service… But there is a gap at the level of operation headquarters, which was essential to achieve the responsiveness necessary in times of crisis. The Libyan crisis serves as a timely reminder. If the EU had wanted to take action – in the event that NATO had not wanted to become involved – it would have been incapable of doing so because there were no headquarters for the conduct of operations immediately available”.
If the European Union is to achieve the fundamental aim of its founding fathers, which was to guarantee peace for future generations in Europe, it must strengthen solidarity among its member states and instil in its peoples the sense of a common destiny. The CSDP must therefore be ambitious in scope.
The procedures necessary to implement the solidarity clause (Article 2) of the Lisbon Treaty should be finalised. Civil-military cooperation should be given top priority so that the Union can organise CSDP operations in a global manner.
Comment by Adamantine:
It seems apparent that the final push to organize the EU and its military awaits some crisis and arrival of a leader who can instil in its people a common destiny.
The WEU was a mechanism which facilitated the growth of the strength of the military for the EU. It will no longer be functioning. It will also cease to be a window on the EU military world available for us to look through.
The comment has been made by quite a few observers on this web site that the Antichrist must remain hidden until his appointed time. It has been suggested that we are now in a holding period awaiting the crisis that will bring him forward. Europe and its leaders seem to be as insure of the next step and its timing as we may be. Prophetic interpretations do not seem to provide us with specific insights as to those events which will bring forth the crisis and the leader.