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European leaders like to talk about “values” but often apply them inconsistently, or against their countries’ own interests

Europe’s heedless foreign and security policies

European countries say they base their foreign policies on values – but doing so has led to inconsistency in how they treat international partners. Consequently, Europe has taken the wrong stance on military exports, the Iran nuclear deal and the U.S.-China trade dispute. Recent events, however, may have provided a wake-up call.

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