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Why the US-European Defense Umbrella is on the Brink of Folding Up

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  • Why the US-European Defense Umbrella is on the Brink of Folding Up
    Academic, journalist and political commentator Gevorg Mirzayan explains why NATO’s Eastern flank, as well as the countries of the former Soviet expanse aspiring to join the Western alliance, are being set up have their security and geopolitical ambitions thwarted.

    The past week has seen important statements by high-level EU officials on the subject of European defense. On Friday, EU foreign affairs Chief Federica Mogherini declared that the world was in “a state of chaos,” with the “European way to peace and security” necessitating “a professional army.”

    A day earlier, German Chancellor Angela Merkel informed her countrymen and women that Berlin could no longer rely on the US defense umbrella, and would have to “take its destiny into its own hands.”

    At the same time, President Trump’s dramatic withdrawal from the Iran deal has again spurred discussionat the highest levels on the need for not only a common foreign policy, but a defense policy as well.

    According to Gevorg Mirzayan, “the basic message” of such remarks is “all the same,” and comes down to the idea that “Europe must be prepared to defend itself by itself, without accounting for America, and as soon as possible.”

    It’s worth recalling, the analyst noted, that the concept of a European army has been discussed since the 1950s, with the idea itself spelled out in the Lisbon Treaty. However, a vigorous and militarily capable NATO, backed by unquestioned American hegemony, meant that the idea would long remain on the drawing board.

    Folding Umbrella
    “With the arrival of Donald Trump (although not because of him), the situation began to change drastically,” Mirzayan noted. “In November 2017, the entire EU, with the exception of Britain, which is in the process of exiting the bloc, Denmark, which chose not to participate, and Malta, whose neutral status is outlined in its constitution, adopted a so-called “Permanent Structured Cooperation on defense and security (PESCO).”

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May 17, 2018 - Posted by | EndTimes, GeoPolitics | , , , , , ,

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