Friday, July 10, 2015

Europe’s Strategic Indifference Over Greece and Ukraine

July 9, 2015 (Carnegie Europe) The future of Europe’s security is being played out in Greece and Ukraine. The crises engulfing these two countries are not only economic, stemming from the failures over the years of Athens and Kiev to deal with the fundamental structural weaknesses of their state institutions. The two crises are also about Europe’s inability to recognize that if Greece quit the eurozone and if Europe backed away from giving Ukraine maximum political and financial support, Europe’s security would be at stake.

Because Europe has no real security and defense policy and, by implication, no strategy toward Greece and Ukraine, it has depended on NATO - meaning the United States - for its security. The basis of that security is now being challenged because the Europeans have not internalized the threats Greece and Ukraine pose to European security and to the transatlantic relationship.
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