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Defying Trump, Merkel Backs Macron’s Call for EU Army

  • German leader speaks as Trump derides bloc over military plans
  • EU army would be an addition to NATO forces, Merkel says
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel set out her vision of a more assertive European Union, with a European army, as a flurry of provocative tweets from Donald Trump sought to stir up old divisions between western allies.

The normally understated chancellor took an uncharacteristically bold stance as she addressed EU lawmakers in Strasbourg. She’d spent the weekend commemorating the end of World War I in Paris alongside more than 60 global leaders and witnessed first hand the tensions between Trump and France’s Emmanuel Macron.