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Scholz pushes for EU reforms including end of need for unanimity on decisions

Scholz pushes for EU reforms including end of need for unanimity on decisions
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Saturday, 15 October, 2022, 22:12

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has called for reforms of the European Union to make it fit for the admission of new countries as well as more military autonomy for the 27-country bloc.

Speaking at the Congress of the Party of European Socialists in Berlin, Mr Scholz advocated for gradually abolishing the principle of unanimity for decisions in foreign policy, but also in other areas such as tax.

“I know that we still have a lot of convincing to do there,” the chancellor said. “But I also say clearly: if a geopolitical Europe is our aspiration, then majority decisions are a gain and not a loss of sovereignty.”

Currently, many EU decisions can only be made if all countries vote unanimously.

Mr Scholz also supports more military autonomy of the EU. He called for co-ordinated procurement of weapons and equipment, the establishment of an EU rapid reaction force by 2025, and a EU headquarters for European armed forces.

“In Europe, we need better interplay between our defence efforts,” he said.

“In the future, Europe will need a co-ordinated increase in capabilities… we must confidently and jointly advance European defence.”