The debate over the long-term direction of the European political experiment will take center stage in 2014.
At December’s European Council summit, European defense topped the agenda for EU leaders. One key issue under discussion was pooling and sharing of military capabilities.
The existing debate on defense in Europe focuses on spending cuts in times of crisis. Defense cannot just be about budgets, but also means safeguarding certain values and norms.
Turkey’s planned new canal and a missile defense system both send the message that Turkey will go its own way, swiftly and irrespective of the country’s international environment and commitments.
Despite areas of potential friction between Berlin and Washington, the fruitful transatlantic relationship of the last seventy years looks set to continue after Germany’s election.
If Europeans refuse to consider force as a last option to support diplomatic efforts, analysts believe that the European Union’s foreign policy will be toothless.
The Euro-Atlantic security community is the most successful to date. But can it rise to the challenge of integrating post-Soviet nations—perhaps even Russia itself?
Germany is the EU’s indispensable power, and an assertive Chancellor Merkel is getting tough with almost everyone. But Berlin is still not thinking strategically.
With Washington’s strategic shift toward Asia, it's time to reinvent transatlantic cooperation.
While Europeans still support President Obama, they have lowered their expectations of what he will accomplish politically.