The Euro Crisis and New Vulnerability of Europe
by Taylor Dinerman:
The Euro crisis is already eroding the EU’s ambition to become a new kind of global superpower. Even before the economic crisis entered into its current phase, Europe’s leaders refused to turn to the EU’s military and security institutions when some of them chose to intervene in Libya. Instead they chose to allow their successful anti-Gaddafi campaign to be lead by the US-dominated NATO alliance.
The Libyan campaign also showed, once again, the profound military weakness of both Europe’s national military forces and the nearly complete lack of effective transnational combat forces. The reports of the European air forces running short of smart bombs and missiles may have been exaggerated, but no one believes that the stories were wholly without foundation.
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