From John McLaughlin, former deputy director of the CIA: The Europe we’ve come to rely upon is struggling, as Russia meddles, U.S. support flags and some countries waiver on democratic commitments.

The Continent is something most Americans — those born after World War II — have more or less taken for granted. But now we need to seriously worry about Europe. There have been serious friction points like the 2003 Iraq invasion, for example, but for the most part America could count on Europe to be stable and loyal in mes of trouble. Now, cracks are definitely widening — both within Europe and between Europe and the United States.

Perhaps because  Europe peacefully transformed in the post-war years,we  always considered the EU, even with its flaws, one of history’s most impressive experiments in democratic governance. But the strains on it today are partly of its own making and partly stimulated from outside. 

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