Timothy Garton Ash says in The Guardian, "Europe is sleepwalking to decline. We need a Churchill to wake it up." What is the issue? Money, of course, or rather the lack thereof. Financially, and therefore politically and militarily, Europe is becoming, in order, broke, inconsequential and impotent.
The current and emerging great powers of the 21st century, from the United States and China to Brazil and Russia, already treat European pretensions to be a major single player on the world stage with something close to contempt. The minimal deal at last year's Copenhagen summit on climate change, a subject on which Europe claims to lead, was reached between the US, China, India, South Africa and Brazil. Europe was not even in the room.Related:
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