A European army is not the answer to the EU’s miserable foreign and security ambitions or the rift with the United States.
The EU’s most important leaders are hobbled by domestic crises, leaving the bloc almost rudderless to deal with major foreign and security policy issues.
Paris and Berlin have diametrically opposed views about what the future of the EU should look like.It is hard to see how both views can be reconciled.
Expectations have been building for the new government in Berlin to take the lead in defining the EU’s role in a shifting global order and to relaunch the integration process.
A selection of experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.
The French president has his work cut out in persuading Trump to appreciate the benefits of multilateralism and the transatlantic relationship.
Cruise missiles and lofty speeches will not bring peace to the Syrians. France must enlist the EU to start working on a real settlement.
France’s En Marche began as a grassroots movement and has evolved under Emmanuel Macron’s strong leadership. Its sustainability will depend on reconciling these contrasting styles.
Failing to reach a compromise on EU defense policies not only affects relations between France and Germany, it jeopardizes European security.
France and Germany have completely different views about how to get European defense off the ground.
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