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The bigness paradox for Europeans is that they will not realise the Euro-world, until they properly invest in the real world…and do it together.

Munich: Talking About Bigness

Julian Lindley-French

February 2018, Number 003

I have the very distinct honour to be part of the Loisach Group, which is co-hosted by the George C. Marshall Center and the Munich Security Conference, and which seeks to foster just such a relationship.  As a Briton I have no problem at all with a strong US-German relationship. Not only do I welcome it, but I just wish the strategic illiterates in London would realise they can help foster it by reinvesting in, not cutting, Britain’s own strategic brand. However, to ensure ends, ways and means even begin to align in the US-German (and wider) Berlin and Washington also need a special relationship, and as yet ‘special’ it ain’t. 

If Berlin and Washington are to enjoy a ‘special relationship’ Berlin needs first to deal with its own schizophrenia over foreign, security, but above all defence policy. Indeed, there is an urgent need for Germany to pose its own German Question. Let me explain…

Excerpt from The Lindeley-French Analysis: Speaking Truth Unto Power, February 19, 2018.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.