Germany’s decision to give France military support to fight the so-called Islamic State is about protecting Europe’s most important relationship—and the EU itself.
France will call for improved military and intelligence cooperation among the different actors in the anti–Islamic State coalition, but deploying troops in Syria is not on France’s agenda.
While French President François Hollande calls for cooperation among EU member states against the so-called Islamic State, Brussels remains on lockdown against the threat of a possible attack.
Despite recent terrorist attacks by the so-called Islamic State, EU governments are unlikely to commit to deeper European military cooperation.
For the military protection of their interests, Europeans still rely on the Americans to come to their aid. The November 13 Paris attacks are unlikely to change that.
After the Paris attacks, Europe’s relations with Turkey are likely to focus on reinforcement of security measures.
The murder of many civilians in Paris must not erode Europe’s open society.
Paris has taken the initiative in proposing more political integration for the eurozone. The plan is commendable but has significant shortcomings too.
Beyond the shock and horror of the Germanwings plane crash, could the disaster’s aftermath become the symbol of a more humane Europe?
Every week, a selection of leading experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.