Tension building: Czechs and Hungarians call for European army: Germany wants compulsory national service

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The Czechs and the Hungarians have called for an EU army amid security worries as the actual total of migrants who have arrived in Europe this year is not clear as fear grows terrorists have entered the open borders.

More than a million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe in 2015, sparking a crisis as countries struggled to cope with the influx, and creating division in the EU over how best to deal with resettling people.

The BBC reports leaders of the Czech Republic and Hungary say a “joint European army” is needed to bolster security in the EU. They were speaking ahead of talks in Warsaw with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. They dislike her welcome for Muslim migrants from outside the EU. Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban said “we must give priority to security, so let’s start setting up a joint European army”.

Germany mulls bringing back compulsory national service Berlin has said it’s considering changing its position on conscription. The country is mulling new strategies to deal with possible security threats. Germany’s interior ministry is considering taking steps toward bringing back conscription, including compulsory service to support the military.
(Reuters) are claiming there are signs that Islamists are trying to join the German armed forces to get military training, and there is a risk they might use that training to carry out attacks in Germany or abroad, a German newspaper cited a draft document as saying.

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