Germany to take US place in defending Europe and West

Europe’s Engine

The German government has reiterated its appeal to EU members to “stick together” – not only in the power struggle against Russia, but now also against the new US administration.[12] The common foreign and military policy is the means of choice to not only assure a leading position for the EU in world policymaking, but also to weld the alliance together against internal criticism. In early 2010, Germany’s Foreign Minister, Guido Westerwelle, declared that the “European project of a common security and defense policy could be an engine for Europe’s continuous consolidation.”[13] This was at the beginning of the Euro crisis, with its multiplying centrifugal forces escalating.