Better EU defense integration may be bad news for the alliance—but the US is wrong to oppose it.
Each year, barely perceptible tectonic movements pull Europe and North America a few inches further apart. These days “continental drift” applies to geopolitics at least as much as it does to geology. But there is still space for meaningful transatlantic cooperation.
The West is ill-equipped to deal with the post-1945 order.
Unless Europeans resolve their tension between being part of a place and becoming a global player, others will decide Europe’s strategic future.
If EU member states were to really do something to boost the union’s defences, what would it be? Not PESCO.
If the international system is moving toward great-power competition, having a Europe that is more integrated, including on defense issues, and better able to withstand pressure from Russia and China ultimately serves America’s own interest.
Years of spending cuts have left the Dutch armed forces unable to meet even NATO’s Article 5 commitments.
Ankara’s activity in Syria raises the alarming prospect of military confrontation.
The 2018 U.S. National Defense Strategy appears destined to fall short of fully satisfying American allies.
Turkey’s military operation in Afrin is a harbinger of more difficult ties with the United States.