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What Happens if America Turns Its Back on Its Allies in Europe

23m · The Daily · 21 Feb 10:45

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Over the past few weeks, a growing sense of alarm across Europe over the future of the continent’s security has turned into outright panic.

As Russia advances on the battlefield in Ukraine, the U.S. Congress has refused to pass billions of dollars in new funding for Ukraine’s war effort and Donald Trump has warned European leaders that if they do not pay what he considers their fair share toward NATO, he would not protect them from Russian aggression.

Steven Erlanger, the chief diplomatic correspondent for The Times, discusses Europe’s plans to defend itself against Russia without the help of the United States.

Guest: Steven Erlanger, the chief diplomatic correspondent for The New York Times.

Background reading:

  • In Europe, there is a dawning recognition that the continent urgently needs to step up its own defense, especially as the U.S. wavers, but the commitments still are not coming.
  • Europe wants to stand on its own militarily. Is it too little, too late?

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