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Max Hastings

What Biden’s Win Means for Europe

Biden’s good manners won’t change the fact that the liberal international order is sundered for good.

Muster the troops!

Muster the troops!

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Through the past days and weeks, the governments of Europe have found the U.S. electoral suspense as gripping and fearful as any American. After four years of White House insults and snubs, they are hoping desperately for a reversion to alliance diplomacy and politics, a return to the pursuit of stability and order.

Europeans are nonetheless not foolish enough to suppose that a Joe Biden presidency will signal a renewal of the post-World War II Pax Americana. The liberal international order is sundered for good, even if portions of it can be saved.