European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has of late avoided any mention of a European army, opting instead for the more socially acceptable notion of a European defense union. Whatever the title, the question remains: Will this idea improve the defense of Europe, or will it turn away both Washington and London, undermining the tried and tested structures of NATO?
As a Latvian, I have an immediate interest in bolstering Europe’s defenses. I grew up under the U.S.S.R.; the Russian menace has never been far away. During the Cold War, decisions about the safety of Europe were made in Washington and Moscow. Were it not for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the U.S., Moscow might now be calling the shots across the Continent.
President Juncker thinks “NATO is not…