The Trouble with European Defense

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The Nice summit of EU leaders achieved few of its aims, but it did push the creation of a military identity for the EU, the European Defense Initiative (EDI), forward. That movement, however, is beginning to arouse worries, both in NATO and in the United States.

It has long been a bedrock principle of American foreign policy to endorse any move to further integrate the European Union. If specific US interests might be harmed by such moves, the remedy is to seek revisions in detail, without opposing the overall initiative. Unlike the British Tories, some French Gaullists, and many Danes and Swedes, Americans do not fear the prospect of a United States of Europe, a potential competitor to be sure, but also a much-needed partner on the world scene.