The German election and the future of the trans-Atlantic relationship
CANCELLED: The future of the West: A conversation with Bernard-Henri Lévy
Europe and the U.S.: The old order faces a new world
In contrast to Merkel’s visionary outward-looking speech [at the Munich Security Conference] that triggered warm applause, Mr. Pence delivered a stilted defense of Trump’s achievements to a skeptical audience.
[On Donald Trump's comments on Nord Stream 2 at the UN General Assembly in September 2018] While Germany’s intake of fuel delivered by ship in the form of liquefied natural gas (LNG) is on the rise, what really matters is diversity and flexibility of supply. What he is saying is completely wrong.
Germany now finds itself in the worst security dilemma since it rejoined the West in the 1950s by becoming a member of NATO and the EU. Its hoped-for strategic partners, Russia and China, are increasingly aggressive players in Europe. Within the EU, populists and authoritarians are challenging the liberal, postwar consensus. Even countries that share that ideal, such as France, Spain and the Baltic states, disagree about the future of the European project. America’s elites stand firm in defense of U.S. security guarantees for Europe — but their president misses no opportunity to side with autocrats and show contempt for a rules-based order.