SCMP, 12 Juni 2019
In fact I said:
The EU needs to build up its own military and defence capability and this kind of integration needs stronger cooperation between member-states, particularly with France. France is already active in the SSC and the Strait of Taiwan and German military personal were on board of vessel as observers. However, there are a range of differences in the Germany’s and France’s strategic outlook as to the scope purpose and need for operations. For instance, Germany’s in German policy circles the de debate about the Indo-Pacific Initiative is far more controversial than in France.