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    1. Some are now saying it was wrong for Merkel to tell the truth, to admit that Trump presidency is a game changer. I really disagree.

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    2. It really is past time for Europe, EU+UK, to start thinking hard about a future without US security. Trump himself may go soon...

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    3.but the instincts Trump represents - anti-European, isolationist, whatever you want to call them - are strong part of US political culture

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    4. And yes I know Merkel was campaigning, that she has said similar things before. But the political context is now different.

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    5. Post-German election, Merkel and Macron could begin to forge real EU security/defense policy, hopefully with UK support and contributions

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    6. Good idea to prepare people, make them think about it, talk about what the dangers are and why it is necessary. Doesn't mean Nato is over

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    7. But a genuine European pillar of Nato would be good for transatlantic alliance, and also good for Europe if transatlantic alliance fades

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