A new report by experts in Germany has painted a pessimistic view of the global security situation and has asked Europe to define its own future.
It pointed out that the US, once a world leader in security matters, is now forfeiting its role as a leader in guarantor of international security, acting on an American-centric vision, and giving up on policies based on shared values.
The report, “To the Brink — and Back?” by Munich Security Conference (MSC) says that their world faces an era of uncertainty.
“In the last year, the world has gotten closer — much too close — to the brink of a significant conflict,” wrote MSC Chairman Wolfgang Ischinger, a former German ambassador to the US and UK, pointing out to conflicts in the mile-east, rattling between the US and North Korea, and tensions between Russia and NATO in Europe.
As the US gradually abdicates its role, it asked the European nations to rethink on their defence spending, streamline their capabilities and define a defence union.
“The times in which we could completely depend on others are, to a certain extent, over … We Europeans will have to take our fate into our own hands,” the report quoted German Chancellor Angela Merkel.