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.
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.
Ankara’s activity in Syria raises the alarming prospect of military confrontation.
Turkey’s offensive in Afrin helps to dispel doubts, after the failed coup attempt of July 2016, about Ankara’s ability to project force across the border.
The authors of the British Election Study have upended one of the most widely held beliefs about the 2017 UK general election.
The Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla are not in the EU Customs Union, but they are treated by the rest of the world as if they are. Could the UK try for similar status?
Turkey’s incursion into Afrin marks a significant move in Ankara’s campaign against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).
The French president was charming but also sent a message as Beijing searches for an EU partner.
The Carnegie Europe Program in Washington provides insight and analysis on political and security developments within Europe, transatlantic relations, and Europe’s global role. Working in coordination with Carnegie Europe in Brussels, the program brings together U.S. and European policymakers and experts on the strategic issues facing Europe.