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The French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have been working together to lead the free world in the absence of the United States from the world stage. But note: "We are not talking about whether to tax digital companies, we are talking about how to do that", Merkel told German online portal t-online.de in an interview published late on Tuesday.

Asked about their statements on Wednesday, the chief spokesperson for the European Commission said: "We're delighted that the political atmospherics around this work seems to be going in our direction". "Solidarity always means that we have to overcome national egoism", she said, adding that it had taken Germany "far too long" to realise that refugee policy was a European issue.

"We should work on the vision of one day creating a true European army", Merkel said in the speech. "It would not be directed against NATO, but it would complement it, without ever questioning the link" with the Atlantic Alliance. They also proposed a European security Council-with changing members. He also hit out at the Chancellor for failing to use her powerful status in Brussels and influencing European Union chief negotiator Michel Barnier to protect German industry.

Nigel Farage, leader of the Eurosceptic group in the parliament, seized on Merkel's remarks, claiming they showed the European Union wanted to become an empire, while accusing the bloc of starting a cold war with the US.

And for good reasons, since there is no political consensus on what this would actually mean, and a great apprehension that, if Europeans insist on the creation of a continent-wide army, they will not only fail, but will also destroy the US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance which they now have, so they'll end up as double-losers.

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President Trump responded to Macron's remarks on Friday on Twitter, saying the French president's suggestion to form a European army to guard against the U.S.

But the real bombshell moment came when Mrs Merkel backed calls by Emmanuel Macron for a "real European army".

Merkel very freely explained she is the German Chancellor.

US President Donald Trump has attacked his French counterpart in a series of tweets that underscored how much the once-friendly ties between the two leaders have soured, days after returning from Paris.

At the time, the United Kingdom government said it would veto the policy but Brexit means the bloc can push ahead with the policy from next year.

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