The European Parliament has today voted to back this report from German MEP Karl von Wogau, which the Telegraph has described as a "blueprint charting a path to a European Union army."
And reading the report it is easy to see why. It says: "Common defence policy in Europe requires an integrated European Armed Force which consequently needs to be equipped with common weapon systems so as to guarantee commonality and interoperability". (See here for detailed analysis from Richard North)
A Conservative press release notes that 16 out of 19 Labour MEPs voted for the proposals, including their leader Glenis Willmott.
And yet it was only on Tuesday that Europe Minister Caroline Flint wrote to the Guardian shouting: "Let me be clear - there are no plans for a European army."