Franco-German Defense

Europe’s New ‘Indispensable Nations’

  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    With U.S. President-elect Donald Trump threatening to gut NATO, the E.U. risks finding itself vulnerable to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to restore Russia’s regional hegemony.

  • Facts

    Facts

    • The European Commission has proposed a €90-million, or $95-million, investment in defense research between 2017 and 2019.
    • Many member states are willing to move European integration to a much deeper level.
    • Mr. Trump has alarmed America’s traditional allies during his election campaign by threatening to withdraw from NATO, and speaking warmly about Russian president Vladimir Putin.
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Reaching a compromise on security between both sides of the Rhine should not be so difficult. Source: DPA.

After the shock of the United Kingdom’s Brexit referendum and Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States in 2016, this will be a decisive year for Europe.

Upcoming parliamentary elections in France, Germany, the Netherlands, and possibly Italy will decide whether the European Union will hold together, or whether it will disintegrate under the neo-nationalist wave sweeping the West.

Meanwhile, the Brexit negotiations will begin in earnest, providing a glimpse of the future of the relationship between the E.U. and the U.K. And Mr. Trump’s inauguration on January 20 may someday be remembered as a watershed moment for Europe.

Judging by Mr. Trump’s past statements about Europe and its relationship with the U.S., the E.U. should be preparing for some profound shocks. The incoming American president, a proponent of new nationalism, does not believe in European integration.

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