Candidate to replace Angela Merkel calls for an EU Army

The Vice Chancellor of Germany Olaf Scholz, who might succeed outgoing leader Angela Merkel after September’s federal elections, has revealed that he backs the creation of a European army controlled by the European Parliament and other EU organs.

In an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagzeitung Mr Scholz, who is the leader of Germany’s SPD, confessed: “For me, a common army is part of the idea of European sovereignty.”

He also insisted that the European army “must be as legitimized as the Bundeswehr as a parliamentary army today”, suggesting the warped EU force could be as powerful as national military outfits.

He suggested that the musings were “future music” and “not an issue for the short term”, but also called on the European Union to relax rules in the Council and do away with remaining requirements for unanimity across nation states, saying that much would be gained “if we move away from the compulsion of unanimity in the Councils of the European Union and to majority decisions – on foreign policy issues as well as on financial and tax issues.”

Germany is currently braced for a chaotic autumn election with Merkel’s CDU plummeting in the polls amid its disastrous handling of the coronavirus and the lacklustre prospective leadership of Merkel clone Armin Laschet.

Earlier this month they suffered humiliating losses in state elections, securing around a quarter of the vote in both Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate.

“We’ve got a lot to sort through here,” said Michael Kretschmer, the CDU premier of the state of Saxony.

National opinion polling has seen Merkel’s party fall from a commanding lead last May – when they averaged 39% support, far ahead of the second place Greens on just 16%.

They declined slowly to to around 36% through the summer but have dramatically declined to around 27% since February according to the most recent polling, as support for the Greens, SPD, AfD, and FDP all surge.