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ČR wants reopening of common EU army issue, PM says

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Warsaw/Prague, July 21 (CTK) – The Czech Republic will want to reopen the question of a common European military, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka told Czech journalists at the close of a meeting of the Visegrad Four (V4) countries’ prime ministers in Warsaw yesterday.
Apart from the Czechs, the V4 includes Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.
The idea of a joint defence has been gaining more and more support in Europe, Sobotka said.
He said the main agenda of the next EU summit, which will be held in Bratislava, must not be the expected question of Brexit only.
The summit should also discuss how the EU should change, he added.
In this connection, Sobotka considers security, the EU’s outer border protection, the regulation of migration and the idea of a common European military, as mentioned in the past already, one of the key topics for discussion, he said.
“The idea of joint defence has been gaining more and more support in Europe. As we have managed to establish a common European border and coast guards, the project of common [military] units may be realistic as well,” Sobotka said.
“It will not be easy, but if we want to control security more effectively in the future, we must have defence capacities of our own,” Sobotka said, referring to the EU.

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