The glitz and glamor of an EU summit at the Palace of Versailles will not mask the ruthless and determined talk being carried out behind closed doors.
Emmanuel Macron, together with his wife, Brigitte, has been hosting a welcome ceremony for the leaders of Europe for some time,
with the clear overtones of the 1919 Versailles peace talks redrawn the map of Europe.
The ranks of leaders drew ceremonial followers to greet each of the 27 incoming leaders, as European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen made it clear they had come together to “rethink” on defense and military spending.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has pledged to spend 2 percent of GDP on defense in the coming years, and France, as a nuclear power, has always been highly regarded for its military might.
The belief that Vladimir Putin is intent on redrawing the map of Europe is now mainstream. The leaders of the Baltic states – Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia – practically said “told you so”.
The Taoiseach newspaper praised Emmanuel Macron for keeping diplomatic lines open with Moscow.
Mr. Martin knew the threat of isolation, as the only militarily neutral nation among the rallying leaders. He mentioned Ireland’s exploitation of the Peace facility (an extra-budget funding mechanism for EU actions related to military and defense) but he was diving into how the country got involved. meaningful to the common defense.
That might explain his rather surprising remark that it was “always possible” that Irish Defense Forces men and women could be sent to another European country on a humanitarian or conservation role. keep the peace. In its little sense, it was an extraordinary idea, unthinkable a year ago, but somehow now becoming a living prospect.
The summit will feature heavily armed members taking serious action on defense, energy and food security by the time the official communiqué is issued today.
The Taoiseach is not likely to commit to Ireland on any binding military spending, as we are not a party to any defense treaty. But ministers accept that Ireland’s ability to pay for our army, navy and air force will have to increase.
Expect comments to be focused on other areas, such as a shared determination to end Russia’s reliance on fuels, while investing in renewables and green jobs to replace fuels. fossils from anywhere.
Mr. Martin will also welcome a new impetus for food security and steps forward to welcoming Ukraine into the great European family.
However, ironically, the military stick is still the one with which Ireland can be defeated. It will also offer its own commentary next week on Taoiseach’s trip to the US, amid a widespread feeling in Washington that Ireland can and should do more.
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/taoiseach-will-steer-eu-debate-to-fuel-and-food-security-but-the-military-action-stick-is-still-there-to-beat-us-41434367.html Taoiseach will turn the EU debate on food and fuel security – but the military action stick is still there to defeat us