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10 The Portugal News •  17 Nov 2018                                News


      European army not needed to bolster defence




      ‘commitment’ - president


       Portugal’s president, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, has dismissed the suggestion that the creation of a European army is

       required to strengthen the defence of the European Union, noting that Portugal’s parliament has rejected the idea.
                                                                                              not about a European army, but  This was clear in the debate in
                                                                                              about strengthening the      parliament. “
                                                                                French
                                                                                French
                                                                                French
                                                                                French
                                                                                French        commitment, and a commitment  In December last year,
                                                                                President
                                                                                President
                                                                                President
                                                                                President
                                                                                President     that is complementary to that  parliament approved three
                                                                                Emmanuel
                                                                                Emmanuel
                                                                                Emmanuel
                                                                                Emmanuel
                                                                                Emmanuel      which is represented by the
                                                                                Macron (L)
                                                                                Macron (L)
                                                                                Macron (L)
                                                                                Macron (L)
                                                                                Macron (L)                                 resolutions from the PS, PSD
                                                                                welcomes
                                                                                welcomes
                                                                                welcomes
                                                                                welcomes
                                                                                welcomes      Atlantic Alliance [NATO] of  and CDS, recommending that
                                                                                President of
                                                                                President of
                                                                                President of
                                                                                President of
                                                                                President of  Europeans in the European    Portugal join the permanent
                                                                                Portugal
                                                                                Portugal
                                                                                Portugal
                                                                                Portugal
                                                                                Portugal      setting and in neighbouring  structured cooperation on
                                                                                Marcelo
                                                                                Marcelo
                                                                                Marcelo
                                                                                Marcelo
                                                                                Marcelo       scenarios”, he added, in     defence and security set up by
                                                                                Rebelo de
                                                                                Rebelo de
                                                                                Rebelo de
                                                                                Rebelo de
                                                                                Rebelo de     comments to Portuguese       the European Commission, and
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                                                                                Sousa (R) at
                                                                                Sousa (R) at
                                                                                Sousa (R) at
                                                                                Sousa (R) at  journalists after a visit to the  making explicit its rejection of
                                                                                the Elysee
                                                                                the Elysee
                                                                                the Elysee
                                                                                the Elysee
                                                                                the Elysee    exhibition ‘Portugal and The  this mechanism evolving into the
                                                                                Palace ahead
                                                                                Palace ahead
                                                                                Palace ahead
                                                                                Palace ahead
                                                                                Palace ahead  Great War’.                  creation of a European army.
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                                                                                ceremony for  Paris for the weekend’s      and Macron broke out late on
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                                                                                the Centenary
                                                                                the Centenary
                                                                                the Centenary
                                                                                the Centenary  ceremonies to mark the end of  Friday, after the US president
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                                                                                              and France have different    impression that Europe wanted
           Portugal believes that it is  commitments undertaken with  on the issue between the  positions, de Sousa refused to  to protect itself from the US.
           important that Europeans  our transatlantic allies, namely  presidents of France, Emmanuel  comment on what Macron had  On Saturday, Macron said that
           have a growing           the United States of America and  Macron, and the US, Donald  said, stressing: “I’m just saying  the “European army” he wants is
      “commitment to defence        Canada,” de Sousa said in Paris  Trump.                   what is the Portuguese position,  not to target the US, and said that
      and security, which is        on Saturday, in response to a  “It was clear in the parliamentary  the Portuguese position is that it  Trump’s interpretation was
      inseparable from the          question about the differences  debate [in Portugal] that this is  is not about a European army.  mistaken.                                 TPN/Lusa
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