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While it is indeed true that crisis and opportunity often go hand in hand, it is difficult to see much opportunity in Europe's current circumstances.One reason the current situation facing Europe is so difficult is that it was so unexpected.Another reason to be worried is that Europe faces not one crisis, but several. The result is the return of geopolitics to Europe at a time when defense spending is modest and public support for armed intervention largely absent.The change that would have the greatest positive impact would be the emergence of a new government in Damascus acceptable to the bulk of the Syrian people and a satisfactory partner for the United States and Europe.The U.S. also has a strategic interest in helping Germany and Europe contend with this crisis.A Europe overwhelmed by a demographic challenge, in addition to its economic and security challenges, would be neither able nor willing to be an effective ally.Europe – Germany in particular – cannot sustain the status quo.
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