Europe’s looming Ukraine fear: What happens if the US pulls back?

Europe is wak­ing up to a trou­bling real­i­ty: It may soon lose its NATO bene­fac­tor in Ukraine.  With con­ser­v­a­tives poised to make gains in the upcom­ing U.S. elec­tions, NATO’s most gen­er­ous donor to Ukraine’s war effort may sud­den­ly seem much more par­si­mo­nious in 2023. The pos­si­bil­i­ty has put the spot­light on the gap between Amer­i­can and…

Europe’s American president: The paradox of Ursula von der Leyen

Europe’s Amer­i­can pres­i­dent: The para­dox of Ursu­la von der Leyen Euro­pean Com­mis­sion chief’s top-down approach has endeared her to Wash­ing­ton but alien­at­ed col­leagues in Brus­sels. By Suzanne Lynch and Ilya Grid­neff Illus­tra­tion by Lucas Pev­er­ill for POLITICO Ursu­la von der Leyen’s whirl­wind tour of the Unit­ed States start­ed in New York at the Unit­ed Nations General…

When will Europe learn to defend itself?

PARIS/BERLIN — Thir­ty years after the hor­rors of the Balkan wars laid bare West­ern Europe’s inca­pac­i­ty to deal with con­flict on Euro­pean soil, Russia’s inva­sion of Ukraine is demon­strat­ing how lit­tle has changed. As Yugoslavia start­ed to break apart in 1991, it fell to the Lux­em­bour­gish For­eign Min­is­ter Jacques Poos to make the ill-fat­ed­­ly optimistic…

Putin’s attack on democracy is working. Just look at Europe.

Putin’s attack on democ­ra­cy is work­ing. Just look at Europe. As win­ter approach­es, cracks in the West’s sup­port for Ukraine are start­ing to show. By Matthew Kar­nitschnig Illus­tra­tion by Ann Kier­nan for POLITICO BERLIN — It was a scene that has played out on city squares across Europe for months: jar­ring eye­wit­ness accounts of the war…