Fearing U.S. Withdrawal, Europe Considers Its Own Nuclear Deterrent

Max Fisher: “An idea, once unthinkable, is gaining attention in European policy circles: a European Union nuclear weapons program.”

“Under such a plan, France’s arsenal would be repurposed to protect the rest of Europe and would be put under a common European command, funding plan, defense doctrine, or some combination of the three. It would be enacted only if the Continent could no longer count on American protection.”

“In practical terms, the plan would change the flag on Europe’s nuclear deterrent from that of the United States to that of France. But this would risk making an American exit from Europe more permanent.”

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