There is a lot of concern about the formation of an EU Army in the UK. This WILL happen. Because Angela Merkel needs the army; with no country in the EU - other than the UK - able to maintain a standing Army, Germany is defenceless to protect her borders from the perceived threat of an attack from Russia. Why is the attack perceived?
A bigger threat to the world is international terrorism by the Muslim brotherhood. Finances should be increased to fight the common enemy, not to combat the perceived threat from Russia.
When a Russian plane flies into UK airspace, everyone is ready to hit the red button and run for the hills - get a life people - this was a joke when I was in the Royal Air Force back in the late 70's. So, they show a mass troop build up on Germany's borders, for many years BAOR (British Army of the Rhine) did similar exercises. Most armies of the world do these exercises.
If Russia wanted to take Europe, they would have done so in the 90's, when the UK government disbanded RAFG (Royal Air Force Germany). At that time, the borders were under threat, they aren't anymore.
With the withdrawal from Germany, the nearest RAF base is Cyprus. There are no serving RAF bases in Scotland protecting our northern skies - the nearest airbase is now in Lincolnshire, and while the planes are faster, any pilot will tell you - the longer it takes to get to the area the less effective you become in the dogfight.
The EU Army isn't for the safety of Europe - don't believe the lies - it's for the safety of Germany. The army will probably have a big German contingent and be under the orders of a German commander.
The Russian no more want to invade Europe than the Americans wish to invade Canada. If they did want to, they would have invaded years ago, and there is nothing Europe could have done to stop them.
Why would Mrs. Merkel want an army to defend Europe? By the time they get to France, Italy or Belgium - Germany will have fallen. If - big IF - they did invade, I see them taking out their old enemies, Finland and Germany. This would give them ports open to the seas all year - ala the cause of the Crimean War www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/battles/crimea/.
If the Russians attack, this is how I see their plan:-
Day 1 - Invade Finland and Germany.
Day 2 - Reinforce supply lines.
Day 3 - Take France, Italy and Greece.
If by this time, the USA hasn't backed Europe - as in both world wars - it will be over for Europe.
But, I see the possibility of this has as much validity as Jeremy Corbyn talking to the kids at Glastonbury festival about Ban The Bomb alsdomain.weebly.com/free-reads/glastonbury-festival - to quote a hip term - it's so 1970's.
People who think there is a threat to the UK from Russia live in an era when the UK had influence, nowadays nobody cares about us, not even Amazon.
For many years, writers have tried to get the site to link to the US site www.amazon.com/-/e/B007U50BOI, so a review on site automatically shows on the other www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B0076M5BNG, but they refuse to do a simple computer linking task.
The bottom line is an EU Army is another way of getting the EU to pay for Germany's bills. There is no threat to Europe, only Germany.