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Gérard Araud – Can Europe survive without America?

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CHRONIC. Apart from France, all the countries of Europe only think about their security within the framework of NATO and under the protection of the United States.

through Gerard Araud

Emmanuel Macron, Olaf Scholz and Joe Biden at the G7 summit in Germany in June 2022.
© Frank Hoermann/Sven Simon/dpa Picture-Alliance via AFP

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Rrepresenting France to NATO, which I did with our permanent representative for five years, and then managing France’s relations with this organization at the Quai d’Orsay provides many opportunities to understand the extent to which our perception of the US role in Europe is different from those of our partners.

While everyone, without exception, perceives their security only from a Euro-Atlantic perspective, France willingly plays the spoil sport and tirelessly reminds us of the need for a purely European defence. “The Voice Crying in the Desert” would be a good subtitle for our efforts in this regard. Our success in promoting it has remained limited, in any case out of proportion to the energy, both political and diplomatic, which we have there…



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