- Europe Can No Longer Rely On The US For Protection Even With Biden In Office, Macron Warns
by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/
With France under lockdown from COVID-19 and reeling from a series of gruesome Islamic terror attacks, French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday revived talk of a pan-European army by telling a reporter that Europe must not revert to relying on the US for its security even after President Trump leaves office.
President Trump’s early criticisms of NATO, along with America’s outsized role in financing the defense of its international allies, led to more European nations increasing their defense spending during Trump’s four years in office. With Americans now broadly in favor of Trump’s view regarding NATO and the sharing of responsibility for sovereign defense, Macron pointed out in Le Grand Continent, a Paris-based policy journal, that things likely won’t ever revert to the way they were.
“The United States will only respect us as allies if we are earnest, and if we are sovereign with respect to our defense,” Macron said. “We need to continue to build our independence for ourselves.”