Luke introduces the discussion by quoting Commissioner Frederica Mogherini selling PESCO as “Using weapons in the European Way”
“No need to worry”, Luke quips, “Cuddly bullets and the like”.
In his own words Luke describes PESCO with an analogy, “People say this is not an army, but that’s a bit like me saying I’m not married to my wife, I’m in a permanent structured co-operation agreement with her”.
Luke puts it in plain terms when he suggests that “We need to use the right language, to describe PESCO as anything other than a European army is denying reality.”
Of course most of the time we’re not that interested about what goes on in Europe, it seems arduous to spend time on European politics when we’re such a small fish in a big pond, but I think credit is due to Luke Flanagan for giving us a voice in Europe and reintroducing European politics to the people of Ireland, and letting us know that we can make a difference.
What might have been considered a low key event, as it didn’t get a lot of attention in the media, but I guarantee you this talk is worth a watch, as it’s more worthwhile than listening to Claire Byrne Live, The Tonight Show, or The Cutting Edge, or whatever else passes for public information/debate these days.
The knowledge of the various speakers, and the opportunity to hear them speak on this topic is unrivaled, meaning this is the one video you should watch if you want to educate yourself on PESCO and Ireland’s involvement in a European army.