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Syria Shows Risks of U.S. Withdrawal for Europe: Irrelevance

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Emmanuel Macron speaks in Brussels, Belgium, on Oct. 18.
Emmanuel Macron speaks in Brussels, Belgium, on Oct. 18.Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg
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Asked if the European Union hadn’t exposed its impotence during Turkey’s recent military offensive inside Syria, French President Emmanuel Macron was blunt in his response: “I share your outrage.”

More than any other recent foreign policy challenge, the way that Turkey’s “Operation Peace Spring” against the Kurds unfolded has exposed the potential reality of a post-transatlantic world: The EU’s near irrelevance in events that shape security in its own back yard.