The euro crisis is so large, and its real world effects so tragic, that people often forget that the monetary mess is only one of many areas in which the EU isn’t working. Here’s a big one: Europe doesn’t have a security strategy and doesn’t want to talk about it. Judy Dempsey, editor-in-chief of Strategic Europe at Carnegie Europe, writes in a letter to the New York Times:
“Apart from a very few countries, such as France and Britain, the Europeans have been very complacent about strategic affairs,” said Rem Korteweg, defense expert at the Center for European Reform, a research organization in London. “It’s as if the world outside does not affect them.”This is confirmed by a new study from the European Council on Foreign Relations that analyzed the national security strategies of the 27 member states. Olivier de France, one of the authors, said the strategies showed that there was no common purpose or common strategic culture that could give Europe’s foreign, security and defense policy substance. “There is no shared ambition about Europe as a global player or about the allocation of defense resources,” Mr. de France said.
The European project, one of the grandest and most ambitious political projects ever devised, is in serious trouble. The US needs and wants a dynamic, successful, and outward-looking Europe.For a long time, Americans have stayed out of the discussion over Europe’s future. But it may be time for those who care about the Transatlantic alliance to speak up. Europe is in trouble, and smart Europeans are increasingly concerned about the worsening outlook.The decisions about Europe’s future are not for Americans to make, but the time has come when a few friendly suggestions wouldn’t hurt.[Broken euro image courtesy of Shutterstock]