Magazine February 11, 2019, Issue

Close Enough

Norwegian soldiers participate in a NATO exercise, November 2018. (Till Rimmele/Getty Images)
European ‘integration’ is a threat to Nato, Europe, and the U.S.

Alexander Herzen wrote that after any revolution, “the departing world leaves be­hind it not an heir but a pregnant widow.” Yet ever since the election of Donald Trump convulsed the world, Western Europe’s leaders have been speaking as if a new international order had already been born. Last August, French president Emmanuel Macron told his diplomatic corps that “Europe can no longer entrust its security to the United States alone.” Heiko Maas, the German foreign minister, a few days later wrote that “the outstanding aim of our foreign policy is to build a sovereign, strong Europe” that can “form a

Peter Rough, a former director of research in the office of George W. Bush, is a fellow at the Hudson Institute.

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