What is the great divide separating the great powers on the opposite sides of the Altantic? One explanation that I believe deserves some consideration is that America is working towards an international order based upon Nation-States, while ‘Europe’ as driven by France and Germany are working towards a system of international government. This difference in outcomes would explain many recent events…
The way France and Germany opposed Gulf War 2 – though perhaps supported by other factors
European focus on international treaties as a necessity to be a worthwhile member of the international community… European promotion of, and American opposition to, the establishment of the International Criminal Court… European promotion of the United Nations as a de facto world government; its opposition to the Gulf War 2 was used by many as a reason against going to war
I don’t know that we should believe that this is really happening, though perhaps it is worth considering.