December 20, 2002
The European Union formally invited 10 mostly Eastern European nations into the club recently. . . . But the event was overshadowed by the invitation pointedly not issued. . . . Turkey will have to wait, said the EU. Yes, Europe said, Turkey has made progress in reforming its economy and by outlawing the death penalty, but more needs to be done. . . . The EU is entitled to insist that Turkey be measured by the same criteria as any other potential member. But Turkey then is entitled to an invitation.
June 20, 2003 |
When former French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing toasted the European Union's draft constitution with Bollinger champagne and Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" last week after chairing the EU constitutional convention, he crowed that the much-debated document would last the next 50 years. By then, will the dream of a powerful and united Europe be any closer? As EU leaders meet in Greece today to consider the new constitution, intended to help revamp the organization as it enlarges from 15 to 25 members, Europe is suffering the pain of growth.
September 19, 2016 |
It's time to focus laserlike attention on the meaning of a Donald Trump presidency for America's security. Until now, the presumption that Trump wouldn't win or doesn't really mean what he says has led to insufficient scrutiny of how his presidency would threaten our safety. Many security experts - including leading Republicans - have raised concerns, but their protests haven't risen to the level of the danger. The time for such complacency is past. The Donald brags he will make America "great again," but the policies he promotes would do exactly the opposite: emboldening our enemies, undercutting our allies, and destroying America's clout in the world.
May 30, 2016 |
In the early 1990s, after the collapse of the Soviet empire, most Western nations basked in the illusion that liberal democracy had triumphed. Many thought NATO had become an anachronism in an era of permanent European peace. Some countries freed from Kremlin control, including tiny Estonia, knew better. Only 21/2 decades later, the European Union teeters and populism thrives - on both sides of the Atlantic. A revanchist Russia bent on restoring past glory makes nuclear threats against members of the NATO alliance.
April 29, 2016 |
The greatest threat to American security is something most Americans never think of. President Obama touched on it in his speech to the European people on Monday in Germany. I'm not referring to ISIS, although Obama called the terrorist group "the most urgent threat to our nations" in his remarks. I'm talking about a more existential threat to Europe (and America): a diminishing faith in democracy as a political system. On the continent, this is manifested by the widening cracks in the European Union and the rise of radical right-wing parties.
August 10, 2016
By Pete Hoekstra Last month, a Syrian asylum-seeker who was set to be deported detonated a nail-filled suicide bomb outside of a concert in southern Germany. German Chancellor Angela Merkel admitted that members of the Islamic State were among the more than 1 million migrants from destabilized areas of the Middle East and Africa whom she invited into her country. In the days prior to the Bastille Day massacre in Nice, France's intelligence chief warned that another attack on French soil or a mass sexual assault by migrants - similar to the one that occurred in Germany on New Year's Eve - could result in a "civil war. " The Dutch are investigating a possible jihadist cell in a refugee center in the Netherlands, and Norwegian police arrested a former Syrian al-Qaeda fighter seeking asylum in Europe.
April 27, 2016 |
For many trade specialists and economists, the huge unknown underlying Great Britain's possible departure from the European Union is what impact it would have on the British economy, and what that would mean for Americans who do business there. It is Andrew Hood's job to advise hedge funds, investment banks, manufacturers, and others on the potential fallout if British voters decide in a June 23 referendum that it is time to leave. What that means essentially is getting clients ready to get ready.
June 20, 2016 |
In this sour campaign season, where the immigration issue has turned so ugly, it's instructive to watch the European debate over migrants. That debate should make Americans realize how lucky we are. As an immigration country, we have a proven ability to absorb newcomers, including those from Muslim countries. (And we could resolve the problem of illegals from south of the border if both parties cooperated.) Europe, on the other hand, has failed to integrate generations of Muslim guest workers, many of whom still live in ghettos and are preyed on by radical Islamists.
August 19, 2004
Three cheers for President Bush's plan to start bringing American troops home from bases in Europe and Asia ("70,000 overseas troops to leave," Aug. 17). This action is long overdue. There is no question that after World War II and at the start of the Cold War we needed troops in Germany as a first line of defense against Soviet attack. Now that the Cold War has ended and the European Union has been ratified, we need not continue our presence there. Since 1945, we have poured trillions into foreign economies while closing bases and reducing troop strength in the United States.
March 28, 2016 |
PARIS - After Brussels, President Obama's strategy of gradually degrading ISIS looks terribly risky. And much too slow. Yes, ISIS has lost around 40 percent of the territory it seized in Syria and Iraq, much of it retaken by Kurdish forces with U.S. air support. But it still holds the cities at the heart of its so-called Islamic State: Raqqa in eastern Syria and the major urban area of Mosul in northern Iraq. Right now, it appears unlikely that either will be liberated anytime soon.