By calling NATO brain-dead, President Macron has ruffled feathers across Europe in the hope of injecting a strategic culture. The takers have been few, the criticism loud, the feedback minimal.
Trump and Brexit are challenging Europe’s defense cooperation. The incoming European Commission will need to devote time and effort to make up for any shortfall.
In a time of worsening security in the neighborhood and uncertainty about relations with the United States, traditional European alliances are beginning to falter.
The alliance’s reflex is to shy away from political discussions. This doesn’t bode well when it comes to even thinking about developing a shared strategic outlook toward China.
The European Defense Fund holds the potential to fundamentally challenge the nature of the EU as a peace project.
The EU is right to take a more comprehensive approach to the Middle East and resist attempts to demonize Iran, but it must carefully craft its approach to avoid endangering the security alliance with the US that it depends on.
Diplomats, parliamentarians, and experts at the 2019 Munich Security Conference weigh in on the future of global leadership.
In a time of transatlantic uncertainty, any further divergence between Europe and the United States becomes a net win for Russia.
The German chancellor discarded caution, discarded her notes, and discarded diplomatic niceties.
The differences between NATO allies seem to be about intentions, outcomes, and the meaning of values.