European Wake-Up Call

Events can come about quickly as we see some are already responding to the urgency of the situation that is developing in and around Europe.

With Vladimir Putin in the east and Donald Trump to the west, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is now telling Europe it has to stand up for itself. It’s a call that’s already being answered by the continent’s richest region.

“There’s no doubt that Europe needs to take bigger responsibility, we have to spend more on defense and security,” Erna Solberg, Norway’s prime minister, said in an interview on Monday as Nordic leaders start a two-day summit in Bergen. Norway will ensure good cooperation “with its closest allies, and some are in the EU and some are on the other side of the Atlantic,” she said.

The Nordic summit started a day after Merkel said reliable relationships forged in Europe since the end of World War II “are to some extent over.” The German chancellor made those comments after meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in Brussels and Sicily over the past week.

The comments were mainly about the economic side, “that European countries should take more responsibility on the NATO budget,” Sipila said. “This message has been quite clear all the time. At the same time this means that we can cooperate more inside the European Union” and that “the window is open for defense cooperation,” he said.

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-05-29/merkel-s-european-wake-up-call-is-being-answered-in-the-nordics