European Defense

The West Can Still Get Things Done: The Ramp-up in Allied Ammo Production Is a Reminder of Our Inherent Strength

There is no hiding the fact that across key Western nations the mood is darkening in relation to the Ukraine war. Kyiv’s counter-offensive, which transfixed the world’s attention throughout most of this year, is now widely seen as a costly failure. When the Ukrainian army began its much-anticipated push back […]

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Kampfpanzer Leopard 2 A5 bei einer Lehr- und Gefechtsvorführung.

Not So Much Zeitenwende as Progressive Puffery

Not since Willy Brandt’s 1970s Ostpolitik has a German geopolitical term made such waves as Olaf Scholz’s Zeitenwende. Amidst the shock and horror of Russia’s onslaught against Ukraine last year, the Chancellor stood up in the Bundestag only three days into the war to explain how Putin’s aggression was a “historical turning point” – a Zeitenwende –

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Ursula von der Leyen, Germany's minister for defence, and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis speak to the press at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch, Germany, June 28, 2017. (DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jette Carr)

The Case for the EU’s ‘Defense of Democracy’ Package

European Union Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has stirred controversy over her proposal for a “Defense of Democracy package” — in fact, the package’s formal unveiling has just been indefinitely postponed. What’s the source of the pushback? The initiative’s core proposals entail reporting requirements on institutions that garner funding from third-country

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