Global Affairs

A European declaration of independence from the US?

Germany and France, fuelled by annoyance with the Trump administration, want the EU to strike a path of strategic autonomy. It is easier said than done.

LONDON • August is the month when most European governments recall their own ambassadors from around the world for policy discussions and consultations. Such events give diplomats an opportunity to vent their spleen and argue for more money, as well as allow European leaders to tweak their own foreign policy priorities, but usually attract little public attention.

Not this August, however. For, in a marked departure from tradition, this year's ambassadorial conferences in many European capitals were truly interesting, brimming with fresh ideas and passionate debate about what needs to be done to redefine the continent, and why it is important for Europe to reinvent its entire strategic landscape.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 03, 2018, with the headline 'A European declaration of independence from the US?'. Print Edition | Subscribe