Europe Still Doesn’t Have a Realistic Alternative to NATO

Europe Still Doesn’t Have a Realistic Alternative to NATO
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a virtual NATO foreign ministers meeting following developments in Afghanistan at the NATO headquarters in Brussels, Aug. 20, 2021 (AP photo by Francisco Seco).

Editor’s Note: This is the web version of our subscriber-only weekly newsletter, Europe Decoder, which includes a look at the week’s top stories and best reads from and about Europe. Subscribe to receive it by email every Thursday. If you’re already a subscriber,  adjust your newsletter settings to receive it directly to your email inbox. Europe’s inability to prevent or alleviate the chaos of the departure—or even to have some influence over the withdrawal timeline and logistics—despite European NATO members’ 20-year involvement in Afghanistan has been felt as a deep humiliation here. In an interview Tuesday, European Council President Charles Michel offered […]

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