One early and significant casualty of the war with Iraq is the unity of Europe.The European continent is split clean down the middle. On one side sit France,Germany and Belgium. On the other side sit almost all the other nations of Europe,east and west.
By Malcolm Rifkind That Tony Blair is enmeshed in a crisis that might destroy his Government I can face with equanimity. That the British Prime Minister has put himself and his country between an irresistible force and an immovable object, deeply disturbs me. He has wanted Britain to be a bridge between America and Europe. […]
By Doug Bereuter If France, Germany and Belgium fail to approve the prudent planning steps requested for the defense of Turkey under Article 4 of the North Atlantic Treaty, it would have profound, deleterious effects on the alliance. At best, it would inexcusably delay planning for the defense of an ally, possibly leading to an […]
By Josef Joffe How the once-mighty have stumbled! In the old days (not that they were such good days), the Germans simply used to overrun Belgium – and triggered two world wars in the process. Now they hide behind this tiny country in order to kick Uncle Sam in the shin. Though Berlin did not […]
By Charles Powell WHEN an American Defence Secretary describes the behaviour of two of Nato’s largest and most influential members as “shameful”, the term Donald Rumsfeld applied to France and Germany at the weekend, it is time to sit up and take notice. Is Nato in crisis? Is its continued existence under threat?