Counterweight or lightweight?

Jim Hoagland on why Europe may not make much of a “counterweight” to the United States. First, Europe itself is “multipolar.” Second, the former Western Europe is experiencing negative population growth. I would add a third factor — the EU’s dirigiste economic model is not promising. As Hoagland concludes, “after an admirable run of success, France, Germany and other nations in Western Europe face serious prospects of economic decline and social dislocation.”

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