Max Bergmann, as usual, with a smart take — by which, of course, I mean an opinion I agree with — on the EU and why we need a high-profile ambassador in Brussels:
The EU will never replace its individual member states on the international stage, and our bilateral relationships with the EU heavyweights will remain primary for the foreseeable future. But supporting the institutional reforms necessary to allow the EU to punch in its weight class when it can and should is, as Bergmann says, a sound investment. That will inevitably create a counterweight to American influence in some areas. But in almost all the imaginable scenarios where multilateral leverage will come into play, the U.S. and EU are likely to be on the same page, especially entering what looks to be a period of American foreign policy realism and modesty.