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Macron Calls On Europe To Quit Dependency On US Arms by tamdun: 5:45am On Oct 01, 2020
French President Emmanuel Macron called for Europe to end its dependency on American weapons systems as he made a renewed pitch for the Continent to take control of its destiny.

In a debate with students at the University of Vilnius in Lithuania Tuesday, he made a plea for Europe to take on a more independent and assertive role in the world — subservient to neither Washington nor Beijing.

“We, some countries more than others, gave up on our strategic independence by depending too much on American weapons systems,” Macron said at the debate. “We cannot accept to live in a bipolar world made up of the U.S. and China.”

Despite the recent poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Macron also defended his policy of engagement with Vladimir Putin during meetings with both the Lithuanian and Latvian presidents, whose countries remain highly wary of Russian power.

“We are conscious of your neighborhood as well as your history and it is in this spirit of mutual understanding and transparency and of protection of your security that we wanted to contribute to relaunching a strategic dialogue with Russia,” Macron said in a statement to the press alongside Latvian President Egils Levits, after arriving in the capital Riga Tuesday evening in the latest stop on a three-day Baltic tour.

“This dialogue doesn't deny any parts of our European histories, but wants to face our history and our geography.”

French and other European officials have long called for the EU to develop greater military capacity. But the EU's actions have often failed to match the rhetoric.

The European Commission has made a push in recent years to get EU countries and arms firms to work together on common projects, setting up a European Defence Fund to foster cooperation on research and development of military technology and equipment.

But those plans suffered a setback when EU leaders — including Macron — agreed in July that the fund would receive far less than the Commission had originally requested. The leaders signed off on funding of just over €7 billion over seven years as part of a deal on the bloc's long-term budget — about 40 percent lower than the €11.4 billion the Commission first proposed.

The budget deal also slashed a Commission plan to spend €5.7 billion on military mobility — to allow troops and equipment to move around the Continent more easily — to approve a final figure of €1.5 billion.

https://www.politico.eu/article/emmanuel-macron-europe-dependency-us-arms/

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Re: Macron Calls On Europe To Quit Dependency On US Arms by ignis: 6:08am On Oct 01, 2020
This is a brilliant man thinking outside the box. Over dependency is modern day slavery.


Nigeria is in bondage today because she depends on other countries for virtually everything including the petroleum resources that God graciously blessed us with.

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Re: Macron Calls On Europe To Quit Dependency On US Arms by AceRoyal: 6:08am On Oct 01, 2020
Happy New Month Everyone.
Happy Birthday Nigeria.
I Love My Country but I'm ashamed of our leaders!
God Bless Everyone.
God Bless Nigeria.
#TrulyAfricanProudlyNigeria

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Re: Macron Calls On Europe To Quit Dependency On US Arms by AGNESikpuNNU(f): 6:08am On Oct 01, 2020
angry

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Re: Macron Calls On Europe To Quit Dependency On US Arms by Felajack: 6:08am On Oct 01, 2020
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Re: Macron Calls On Europe To Quit Dependency On US Arms by adesegun121(m): 6:09am On Oct 01, 2020
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Re: Macron Calls On Europe To Quit Dependency On US Arms by mascot87(m): 6:09am On Oct 01, 2020
Clarion call

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Re: Macron Calls On Europe To Quit Dependency On US Arms by Nobody: 6:09am On Oct 01, 2020
Okk
Re: Macron Calls On Europe To Quit Dependency On US Arms by Karlovich: 6:09am On Oct 01, 2020
Trump 2020, foreign haters can jump into the Mediterranean sea

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Re: Macron Calls On Europe To Quit Dependency On US Arms by Gkay1(m): 6:09am On Oct 01, 2020
true

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Re: Macron Calls On Europe To Quit Dependency On US Arms by Nobody: 6:10am On Oct 01, 2020
USA military hardware industry is a trillion dollar sector and a very important component of the USA economy.





Greater men have been covertly "silenced" by the USA for trying to disrupt lesser sectors.



....... If you know what I mean cheesy

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Re: Macron Calls On Europe To Quit Dependency On US Arms by IMASTEX: 6:11am On Oct 01, 2020
Okay
Re: Macron Calls On Europe To Quit Dependency On US Arms by YungMike(m): 6:11am On Oct 01, 2020
If Europe is fully ready or equipped to depend on her own weapons. Then it's a good idea not to depend on US.... Else, na express dem dey go o..



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Re: Macron Calls On Europe To Quit Dependency On US Arms by Wiseandtrue(f): 6:11am On Oct 01, 2020
tamdun:

“We, some countries more than others, gave up on our strategic independence by depending too much on American weapons systems,” Macron said at the debate. “We cannot accept to live in a bipolar world made up of the U.S. and China.”

Despite the recent poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Macron also defended his policy of engagement with Vladimir Putin [/b]during meetings with both the Lithuanian and Latvian presidents, whose countries remain highly wary of Russian power.

https://www.politico.eu/article/emmanuel-macron-europe-dependency-us-arms/
[b]Very true!

But I can understand his argument if he has other alternatives already not just trying to spite these countries

They worked hard to be where they are today!!!

Coming from someone trying to reach out to Vladimir Putin undecided grin grin grin grin grin so what's the difference

No man is an island, it's left for you as a leader to also put something on the table to avoid overpowering from anywhere

Abeg commot for here joor!!!

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Re: Macron Calls On Europe To Quit Dependency On US Arms by akigbemaru: 6:12am On Oct 01, 2020
Re: Macron Calls On Europe To Quit Dependency On US Arms by aremuforlife(m): 6:13am On Oct 01, 2020
[/quote][quote author=ignis post=94488142]This is a brilliant man thinking outside the box. Over dependency is modern day slavery.


Nigeria is in bandage today because she depends on other countries for virtually everything including the crude oil God graciously blessed us with.

What do you have to say about the years they have been dependent on American weapons? Moreover, he o ly suggests but not yet put into consideration by the rest of the European union.
Re: Macron Calls On Europe To Quit Dependency On US Arms by salford1: 6:13am On Oct 01, 2020
American weapons manufacturers won't like this. It is bad for their business.

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Re: Macron Calls On Europe To Quit Dependency On US Arms by Daum: 6:14am On Oct 01, 2020
I like Macron for one thing. He is trying to reassert France position in the scheme of things in the globe. You can see his activities in Mali and the Sahel region. He is also the only European force showing solidarity with the Greeks against the Turks in the eastern Mediterranean.

But France doesn't have the dollars bills like Germany. Germany doesn't want anything to do with conflict. They just want to keep making Volkswagen cars and Mercedes Benz. Europe is now a sissy Union. During the Libyan war they could not even maintain the no fly zone over Libya. The US had to fill in the gap.

Over the years so many US administrations have systemically weakens the EU and her NATO counterpart by not encouraging them to do more for themselves. Their defense budget is barely up to 2% of their GDP. Thanks to Trump who wants America allies to become stronger. He is doing the same with the Japs. The truth is forget being big boss, our prayer be say make e no be only us get for our circle. E go make sense well if everybody for our circle hold their side well.

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Re: Macron Calls On Europe To Quit Dependency On US Arms by Dominiqueismad: 6:15am On Oct 01, 2020
Happy new year
Re: Macron Calls On Europe To Quit Dependency On US Arms by Oyiboman69: 6:15am On Oct 01, 2020
Re: Macron Calls On Europe To Quit Dependency On US Arms by Originality007: 6:16am On Oct 01, 2020
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Re: Macron Calls On Europe To Quit Dependency On US Arms by EdmundChidera(m): 6:16am On Oct 01, 2020
France shouldn't be talking about dependency when they are still into modern day slavery with most francophone African nations, how I wishes this European countries will be colonised too like they did to the world in their time of dominance, no matter what what goes around will surely comes around.

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Re: Macron Calls On Europe To Quit Dependency On US Arms by geez18(m): 6:16am On Oct 01, 2020
The EU just finished a meeting with China so it's very obvious now what they discussed in that meeting.


Switching subserviency, from US to China. Asslickers.


No wonder Britain ran out of the EU; the level of slave mentality pervasive there was suffocating.

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Re: Macron Calls On Europe To Quit Dependency On US Arms by chrisxxx(m): 6:16am On Oct 01, 2020
So China has become such a force that a whole Europe including Germany and France would consider themselves bipolarly sandwiched between US and China of all nations?
Nigeria my country please wake.

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Re: Macron Calls On Europe To Quit Dependency On US Arms by Sheriman(m): 6:17am On Oct 01, 2020
Everybody ti n gbon So Europe gan self won commot dia head for America military dominance. Believe me European leaders no be talk no do like African leaders. By next year December dey would have announced for European Submit that they are no more collecting US Arms.
They will start manufacturing their own Arms by donating billions of Euros to finance the Project..

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Re: Macron Calls On Europe To Quit Dependency On US Arms by Ubykcee(m): 6:17am On Oct 01, 2020
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Re: Macron Calls On Europe To Quit Dependency On US Arms by ojesymsym: 6:18am On Oct 01, 2020
That guy de find Trump/ US trouble.
They go just start his home grown problems with yellow vest first.
But then, europe has been playing second fiddle to the US for too long, perhaps still insecure about their handlings of the world wars
.
alexistaiwo:
USA military hardware industry is a trillion dollar sector and a very important component of the USA economy.





Greater men have been covertly "silenced" by the USA for trying to disrupt lesser sectors.



....... If you know what I mean cheesy

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Re: Macron Calls On Europe To Quit Dependency On US Arms by Oyiboman69: 6:18am On Oct 01, 2020
No be only Nigeria dey buy weapon for outside?, I'm surprised

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