Toward a European Defense Union – Carnegie Europe – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

English: The Carnegie Endowment for Internatio...

English: The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace located at 1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Map of military alliances of Europe in 1914. (...

Map of military alliances of Europe in 1914. (English) Français: Carte des alliances militaires en Europe en 1914. (Anglais) Русский: Схема военных альянсов в Европе в 1914 г. (англ.) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Carnegie think tank argues that the creation of a common European army is a long way off, but it is a strategic necessity to start paving the way toward it now.

Source: Toward a European Defense Union – Carnegie Europe – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Whilst this is an interesting read, it seems to completely ignore context and indeed the direction of future contextual impact.

Europe is polarizing towards the hard right and the hard-left. Right wing populists are appealing to voters who are deeply unhappy with the current political establishment. Look to the UK’s Brexit referendum and the shift to Le Pen in France. Also Angela Merkel‘s immigration policy has deeply divided Europe and it is questionable whether it can survive. Alarmingly, Europe’s foreign policy has lurched towards appeasing Turkey to stem the flow of refugees. Meanwhile, the hard-left is as loony as ever, ignoring evidence and projecting dogma. For example, Britain’s Labour Party has been taken over by the hard-left with pro-Palestinian policies and is increasingly embarrassed by  its members turning to anti semitism.

The argument of Carnegie is built on the false assumption of European unity. The alternative scenario is a deep divide between the hard-left and the hard-right and the EU crumbles and nationalism returns. Look to the build up of the 1st World War.

Thoughts?

 

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