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Ashes to Euros


He doesn’t commit himself in this piece, but I gather that Timothy Garton Ash wants the U.S. to continue to encourage European integration, or at least not to get in its way, and for the new unified European superpower to work in “partnership” with rather than “opposition” to the United States. This strikes me as a pipe dream. Both the logic of the newly-unified EU’s position as a superpower and of its nature would push in an anti-American direction; the forces within Europe that seek partnership would be submerged. I can see how someone could make the case for a Euro-superpower as a counterweight and restraint on the United States, although I would not agree with that case. But to make the case for a Euro-superpower as a way of strengthening the institutional strength of the West, as Ash does, seems quixotic.


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