November 25, 2015

Does Europe Have a Security Problem?

Pauli Järvenpää: Europe does not just have one security problem; it has at least two major shortcomings.

Pauli Järvenpää: Europe does not just have one security problem; it has at least two major shortcomings.

The first telling symptom of an acute European security problem is the ongoing massive manhunt in France and Belgium for one of the suspected perpetrators of the November 13 Paris attacks. Three days after the killings, French President François Hollande, speaking during a joint session of parliament, proclaimed that “France is at war,” calling the self-styled Islamic State “not just France’s enemy [but also] Europe’s enemy.” Hollande sought to galvanize other EU member states to support France when he invoked the mutual-assistance clause of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty. What that could mean in concrete terms will be seen in the next few weeks. The credibility of European security and defense policy is at stake.
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