Mr Clegg is either ignorant of the facts, or is wilfully misleading the British public.
•In last night's televised debate between Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage, Mr Farage said that the EU had "an aim to militarize."
But the Liberal Democrat leader said Mr Farage's claims including those about the EU's military ambitions was a "dangerous fantasy that is simply not true".
Clegg said: "The idea that there is going to be a European air force and European army is simply not true."
Mr Clegg is either ignorant of the facts or is wilfully misleading the British public.
Martin Schulz, the speaker of the European Parliament called for the creation of a European army last year, saying:
"If we wish to defend our values and interests, if we wish to maintain the security of our citizens, then a majority of MEPs consider that we need a headquarters for civil and military missions in Brussels and deployable troops"
An article in the Telegraphlast year also revealed:
"The European Union is planning to “own and operate” spy drones, surveillance satellites and aircraft as part of a new intelligence and security agency under the control of Baroness Ashton.
"The controversial proposals are a major move towards creating an independent EU military body with its own equipment and operations. Officials told the Daily Telegraph that the European Commission and Lady Ashton’s European External Action Service want to create military command and communication systems to be used by the EU"
Last year an article on the EUobserver website revealed:
"Seven EU countries have formed what France calls a "club" to produce military drones from 2020 onward. The scheme was agreed in Brussels on Tuesday 19th November"
In addition, the EU makes it clear that it does already have its own EU Battlegroups, as evidenced by this policy paper (pdf), issued by the Directorate-General for External Policies of the Union, where it says:
"A battle group will consist of highly trained, battalion-size formations (1500 soldiers each)—including all combat and service support as well as deployability and sustainability assets. To-date 21 Member States have volunteered to lead or be part of a BG."
The EU Parlament recently (12.9.2013) approved a Report on the "EU’s military structures: state of play and future prospects" which called for a fully fledged EU Military Headquarters, stronger EU Battle Groups, more financial expenditure on military equipment and closer relations with the NATO, a nuclear armed military alliance.
So, Mr Clegg, which is it - are you ignorant of this, or are you misleading the public?