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Carthy hits out at Juncker's call for an EU army

10 March, 2015 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Matt Carthy MEP hits out at Juncker's call for an EU army

Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West Constituency Matt Carthy speaking from the European Parliament in Strasbourg has hit out at European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's proposal for the creation a Common European Army.

Carthy stated:

"The mask has slipped.  Sinn Féin has repeatedily raised concerns regarding the prospect for an EU army and the implications this would have for Irish neutrality.  We specifically raised these concerns prior to the enactment of the Lisbon Treaty when we stated that the agenda of some states was to see the European Union develop its own military capability, independent of the United Nations and in concert with NATO.”

"We were accused of scaremongering by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael.  It is clear today that Sinn Féin's fears were in fact well founded.”

"Moreover, the reference to European values by Mr. Juncker is worrying. The founding polices of the EU were supposed to be based on popular sovereignty, personal liberty and social, economic and cultural equality.”

"These values are not reflected in the creation of a military alliance which will further militaristise EU foreign policy beyond any country's national competency.”

Carthy further stated -

"The development of a European Army undermines Irish Sovereignty and neutrality.  Sovereignty does not simply reside in having the ability to say no.  It means being in a position to advance and secure essential national interests.”

"Sinn Féin has long advocated a policy of active neutrality, rejecting participation in any military alliance and supporting an enhanced role for the United Nations in resolving conflicts around the world. Sinn Féin has consistently called for a greater focus on solving the causes of conflict, such as political and economic inequality and instability and the absence of democracy. Our own experience of conflict and conflict resolution has taught us that the path to peace is not to be found in increasing military capabilities but in dialogue, inclusivity and equality.”

Carthy concluded -

"Sinn Féin MEP's will continue to focus on these issues in addition to ensuring that vital public funding is not being diverted to propping up military actions outside of the European Union.  I call on all other Irish MEP's to commit likewise."


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