What does ‘European strategic autonomy’ actually mean? It’s the latest buzzword in Brussels circles, seemingly indicating a general desire for greater independence on the global stage, principally with regards to supply chains but potentially also in terms of security. Some are calling it Europe’s answer to “America First”.
What do our readers think? We had a comment sent in by Craig, who argues that “Something of a Franco-German consensus is emerging on strategic autonomy”. Craig says he expects the results to be modest, but thinks a real shift appears to be underway. Has Trump (among the other factors Craig lists – including Brexit and the rise of China) finally split the Western alliance?
To get a response, we put Craig’s comment to Susi Dennison, senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations and director of ECFR’s European Power programme. What would she say?
For another perspective, we also put Craig’s comment to Jamie Shea, Senior Fellow at Friends of Europe and a former Deputy Assistant Secretary General of NATO’s Emerging Security Challenges Division (ESCD). How would he respond?
Next up, we had a comment from Franz. The US relationship with Europe has traditionally been based on common geostrategic interests (particularly during the Cold War with the Soviet Union) and on common liberal democratic values. However, America’s geostrategic attention has pivoted to Asia in recent years, and commenter Franz says he can’t think of any fundamental values which Europe shares with President Donald Trump. Is he right?
How would Susi Dennison respond?
Finally, what would Jamie Shea say?
Has Trump split the Western alliance? Does Europe share any fundamental values with Donald Trump’s America? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!