The West Needs to Put Its Money Where Its Mouth Is


Parag Khanna




 July 20, 2016


Between the surprise Brexit vote and the unexpected rise of Donald Trump, it would appear that the world is turning populist and isolationist, with regions fracturing and trust declining. But that narrative is false. Many regions of the world — including Europe — continue to expand and integrate. In the coming years, all of the former Yugoslav republics will have become EU members, increasing the union's membership and completing its geographic contiguity to Greece. Indeed, Greece has yet to leave the monetary union or the European Union. There hasn't been, and won't be, a "Grexit." Britain has left the European Union, but not Europe itself; it remains deeply functionally connected to the Continent in almost every meaningful way, especially as a strategic ally.