The only way for Europe to project the military might it needs to be able to protect its vast economic interests is by unifying the military and foreign policies of its member states. Only this will allow the economies of scale necessary to create an effective, non duplicated, expeditionary tool for politicians to use when diplomacy fails. The NL seems to have seen the light and is leading the way not only by example (integrating withe the DE navy, the BE air force, the UK marines, the common air transport fleet, the NATO AWACS fleet and the EU battlegroups), but also by leading the charge in this speech to the EU member states to get other nations on board as well. Only this way can the reliance on the US and NATO be removed and will the EU be able to stand on its own two feet in order to pursue its independent interests.

http://www.defensie.nl/actueel/nieuws/2013/11/05/46209209/Hennis_meer_samenwerking_op_defensieterrein_in_Europa