Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg

Europe’s Sorry State

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Handelsblatt Global Editor in Chief Kevin O'Brien (left) and Handelsblatt Editor in Chief Sven Afhüppe faced off with former defense minister Karl Theodor zu Gutenberg in Washington. Source: Dermot Tatlow for Handelsblatt
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    The European Union’s future is uncertain amid a myriad of challenges that have led many of its 28 countries to withdraw into themselves rather than show unity.

  • Facts

    Facts

    • Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg was Germany’s defense minister from 2009 to 2011.
    • A once-rising political star in Germany, Mr. zu Guttenberg was forced to resign after a university found he had plagiarized his doctoral thesis.
    • He currently resides in New York and is the chairman and founder of venture capital firm  Spitzberg Partners
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Germany’s former defense minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg offered a dose of perspective in Washington on Wednesday: Despite the political rancor in the United States, Europe’s problems are far bigger than this crazy 2016 election.

“It’s not only [about] the character of the next [U.S.] president. For me the greatest threat to trans-Atlantic security is a disunited Europe,” Mr. zu Guttenberg said at the start of an open discussion on the state of Europe at Handelsblatt’s Washington camp.

Mr. zu Guttenberg painted a bleak picture of Europe and global security. He slammed the 28-nation European Union as essentially rudderless, lacking in strong leaders and failing to learn the lessons of its many crises over the last few years.

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