The Belgian politician and member of the European Parliament took to Twitter to urge the EU to consider having an army as a “European pillar of NATO”. His comments come after Donald Trump called for thousands of troops to return from Germany.
Writing on Twitter, Mr Verhofstadt said: “A big win for Putin.
“Trump’s irrational behaviour shows why Europe needs to build a real European defence community & army as a European pillar of NATO.”
Since posting the tweet, Mr Verhofstadt has been criticised online by the likes of UK based think tank, the Bruges Group, which claimed the UK “escaped just in time”.
It wrote: “Predictably, Guy is still after a European Army.
Guy Verhofstadt blasted after European Army remark
Guy Verhofstadt tweeted for an EU army
“As Federalists continue to push for members states to be stripped of their remaining facets of sovereignty, it is clear that we escaped just in time.”
This is not the first time Mr Verhofstadt has called for an EU army.
In 2019, Mr Verhofstadt demanded a EU army be created due to President Donald Trump as the US leader is “not reliable”.
He wrote on Twitter: “Since Trump became President, the US is not a reliable ally anymore.
Guy Verhofstadt has called for EU army at least three times
“High time for a European Army to take matters in our own hands.”
Back in 2018, the former Prime Minister of Belgium attacked the EU arguing an army is needed.
He said: “Let’s face it, eurosceptics are not always wrong.
“When, as with Brexit, a member state leaves the European family, it can hardly be described as a success.”
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Describing the attacks on Syria to destroy their ability to produce chemical weapons, he said: “This intervention is fully justified.
“That said this intervention also demonstrates our weakness.
“France and the United Kingdom launch missiles. Not the European Union as a whole.
“65 years after the National Assembly torpedoed the European Defence Community, a European army still does not exist.”
Guy Verhofstadt believes the EU needs an army
The coronavirus crisis has put the weakening EU under strain and increased eurosceptic sentiment.
There is fury in Italy over the way it was abandoned by its European partners during the coronavirus crisis and has led to a rise in support for leaving the bloc.
Minister-President of Bavaria, Markus Soeder, has warned without the UK and Italy, there will no longer be a “strong Europe”.
He said the “psychological impact” of late or poor help from the EU towards Italy during the pandemic should not be underestimated as there is a “risk of a second Brexit”.
President of Bavaria Markus Soeder warns Italy could leave the EU next
Mr Soeder added: “Europe without Italy or Spain is no longer Europe as we know it, so the EU would no longer make sense.”
Talks of Italy leaving the EU have escalated due to the ongoing pandemic and pro-EU billionaire businessman George Soros previously echoed Soeder’s notion that without Italy there will be no Europe.
He also mentioned how Italy were “badly treated” during the refugee crisis in 2015