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Andreas Kluth

If Aukus, China and Russia Don’t Take Europe Seriously, Guess Who’s to Blame

Before you listen to Emmanuel Macron’s rants, just ask Lithuania what it thinks about his European “sovereignty.”

We’ll call Europe later: Morrison of Australia, Biden of the U.S., Johnson of the U.K.

We’ll call Europe later: Morrison of Australia, Biden of the U.S., Johnson of the U.K.

Photographer: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

If it takes a cheap phonetic pun to drive home the point, so be it. Last year, the Munich Security Conference, the world’s leading forum on international relations, warned of “Westlessness.” Everything since that report has borne out the danger, because the rate at which the world is becoming Westless — and, therefore, restless — keeps accelerating. 

The latest sign is Aukus, the new geopolitical alliance of Australia, the U.K. and the U.S., which has China as the obvious adversary. There it is again: the old Anglosphere, as distinct from the wider West. The undertone is that when it comes to staring down genuine threats — in the 21st century as in the 20th — it’s those ancient ties of language and culture that bind.