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These days, there are just three events that bring together all of the main actors in international politics: the annual General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly, G-20 summits and the Munich Security Conference.The MSC has long been a place not just to see and be seen, but also to hear and be heard. Last year, it was at the MSC that key members of U.S. President Donald Trump's administration first met their global counterparts.At this year's conference, the one big idea was European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's call to shift authority over foreign and defense policymaking in the European Union from the member states to the commission. Yet the EU is founded on an agreement that, in exchange for membership, states relinquish a certain degree of sovereignty in some areas.Both are part of a broader effort to shift power from the European Council to the commission – an effort that Juncker buttressed by recently appointing his Svengali, Martin Selmayr, as the commission's secretary-general, the body's top civil-service job.The Permanent Structured Cooperation in the field of defense – agreed by the European Council last December – is a good place to start, with countries increasing, for example, joint strategic planning at the European level.
American power without wisdom, a risky road
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