Merkel told EU lawmakers Tuesday that "we have to work on the vision of one day creating a real European army." In a speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, Merkel underlined that such a force would not mean the end of NATO, the U.S.-led military alliance.
She also called for the creation of a European security council. It's not the first time such a call has been made. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was widely criticized after suggesting the creation of a European army; notably by Britain, a staunch ally of the United States.