Merkel and Macron should use everything in their economic power to invest in our own European Military.
For example whenever the ECB must pump money in the EU-system, it could do that by increased spending on European military.
This would be a great way to increase the EURO inflation to match the ‘below but near two percent annual inflation’ target.
However. The EU budget for military should not go to NATO. Right now it should go to EU’s own national armies. NATO is more or less the United State’s military influence in Europe. We’ve seen last G7 that we can’t rely on the United States’ help.
Therefor, it should use exclusively European suppliers for military hardware. We don’t want to spend EUROs outside of our EU system. Let the money circulate within our EU economy. This implies no F-35 for Belgium. Instead, for example the Eurofighter Typhoon. The fact that Belgium can’t deliver the United States’s nuclear weapons without their F-35, means that the United States should take their nuclear bombs back. There is no democratic legitimacy to keep them in Belgium anyway.
It’s also time to create a pillar similar to the European Union: a military branch of the EU.
Already are Belgium and The Netherlands sharing military marine and air force resources. Let’s extend this principle to other EU countries.