Once the world’s bastion of liberal, democratic values, Europe is now having to confront demons it thought it had laid to rest. The old pathologies of anti-Semitism, populist nationalism, and territorial aggression are threatening to tear the European postwar consensus apart. With President Trump now threatening to abandon America’s traditional role as upholder of the liberal world order and guarantor of the continent’s security, Europe may be alone in dealing with challenges it is now facing. What resources does it have to avert its own end? And how should it redefine its relations with the U.S.?
James Kirchick is a fellow at the Foreign Policy Initiative in Washington and a correspondent for the Daily Beast. His articles have appeared in the Washington Post, the Weekly Standard, the Wall Street Journal, and Foreign Policy. He lives in Washington, DC.
His latest publication The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age will be published on March 7 by Yale University Press.
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Permanent Fellow, IWM; former Senior Vice President for Programs, German Marshall Fund (GMF) of the United States