[Ed. – Brilliant idea. Russia will be so relieved. Hey, Mickey, Judy — let’s put on a show in the barn!]
According to one retired Italian general, the years of Great Britain “sabotaging” any attempt to form a united European army are over after the decision to leave the European Union in June.
Gen. Vincenzo Camporini, former head of the Italian general staff ,was one of four European military officials who formed a working group in 1999 to map out a European army, a plan known as the Helsinki Headline Goal.
He explained to Defense News about the years of frustration trying to bring British leaders on board with the idea.
“The UK always opposed funding increases, and three quarters of the agency’s budget is absorbed by salaries, leaving it as a body whose scope is survival,” he said. “It was clear that after its early enthusiasm, UK sentiment for EU defense cooled.”