A Call for Realism in Europe

A Call for Realism in Europe

If Europe wants to secure its fate, then it will have to balance European idealism with a renewed realism.

Especially in times of America First , the American interest and the European interest are not always synchronous. It would not be wise for Europeans to blindly trust upon American military and political support. And the influence of American realpolitikal thought is neither always in the European interest.

Elmar Hellendoorn is a post–doctoral fellow in the International Security Program of Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

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