The Telegraph said:
David Cameron faces a looming political battle to defend Britain's veto over defence policy after France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Poland urged the creation of a new European Union military command "structure".
The powerful group of countries, Europe's largest, also welcomed plans to hold a special Brussels summit next year to "confirm our ambitions for security and defence policy" in a move that poses a major headache for the Prime Minister as the EU climbs the domestic political agenda.
Known as the "Weimar group", the five countries met in Paris on Thursday evening to launch a new offensive to create an EU military operations headquarters, after Britain used its veto last year to block similar proposals.
"We are convinced that the EU must set up, within a framework yet to-be-defined, true civilian-military structures to plan and conduct missions and operations," the group of countries said in a communique. "We should show preparedness to hold available, train, deploy and sustain in theatre the necessary civilian and military means."