Losing Our Grip, From Paris to Podgorica to London

Ralph Waldo Emerson gave us “the shot heard round the world”; Donald J. Trump, the shove felt cross the planet.

Most of the world does not feel sorry for America, and is not used to the wounded self-regard with which our President so frequently expresses himself. President Trump’s assertion that the Paris climate accord put America at “permanent disadvantage to the other countries of the world” has elicited no sympathy abroad. And the sight of our Commander-in-chief pushing another head of state out of his way at a recent NATO meeting in Brussels, a few days before the Paris pull-out, neither charmed nor inspired our allies.

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Questions and Answers: the Future of European Defence

What is the aim of the reflection paper on the future of European Defence?

Europeans expect a Union that defends and protects them (see Eurobarometer poll). In almost all EU countries it is in their top three priorities, while around three quarters of Europeans are in favour of a common security and defence policy. If we want to deliver on their expectations, security and defence must play a more prominent role in the future of the European project. This is why the Commission presented a reflection paper today setting out scenarios for the future in the area of European defence.

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D-Day 73 commemoration: “We will never forget our heroes”

SAINTE-MERE-EGLISE, France — “There are moments in a nation’s history when its future course is decided by a chosen few who walked bravely into the valley of the shadow of death,” said Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (NATO) and the commander of U.S. European Command. “In such moments, young men and women pledge their lives so that their nation can live.”

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The Marshall Plan Factsheet

The Marshall Plan was an audacious, innovative strategy to tackle the most pressing challenges of its time. In 1947, Europe was reeling from the devastation of World War II. The United States put forward the Marshall Plan at this critical juncture, making economic and technical aid available on one condition: that it be used to foster cooperation among nations. The Marshall Plan is a concrete example of the scale of change made possible by bold thinking and international cooperation.

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NATO’s Enduring Relevance

The transatlantic alliance has the best chance since the fall of the Berlin Wall for a renaissance of its capabilities and strategic importance.

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