I'm a bit split over this, putting my anti French feelings aside for a moment, it makes a sort of sense, think about it, the largest contingent of troops in N.A.T.O are supplied by the US, most of the world won't tolerate US troops in their country which causes problems because of their gung-ho attitude, whereas quite a few other western countries are tolerated. By having an army not aligned to N.A.T.O which some countries might perceive as being controlled by the US because it is the biggest stakeholder might just work.
I'm not sure where that would leave N.A.T.O because this country is already stretched with our existing commitment to N.A.T.O.
There are a number of questions about command and control of a European Army. Who would decide when and where they would be deployed? Who would determine the rules of engagement? Where would the command centre be and would this be a duplication of the NATO HQ at Brussels? How would they train together and to what standards? One of the advantages of NATO, derived from nmany years of working together, that there can be a commonality of equipment and messaging systems that can be understood by the participating nations.
Coffee "Nato standard" I understood - Coffee "European standard" is another thing.
that people use when they know they've been downright rude or offensive. They think it excuses or even justifies their behaviour, but it doesn't fool anyone with any intelligence for half a second.
The sun doesn't shine "out of the backsides of every nationality on earth.", but that's nothing to do with it, and it certainly doesn't excuse the inference that an entire nation is guilty of cowardice. References like that are indicative of small-mindedness and prejudice born of ignorance.
Their will never be a day when we have one Army in Europe. That said a few countries have good elements within their Armed Forces. The UK: UK Special Forces (SAS/SBS), Royal Marines & Para's. The French: The French Foreign Legion. Germany: GSG9 Norway/Sweden/Finland: Artic Warfare/Mountain Specialists.