Several developments in European politics, such as Germany’s move to complete the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and comments by French President Emmanuel Macron that Europe needs to look to its own security, signal a shift away from US domination of European geopolitics. Could this be the beginning of a new geopolitical order?

“Europe can no longer entrust its security to the United States alone,” Macron told an assembly of French ambassadors Monday, Politico reported. “It’s up to us to guarantee our security.”

“The history of these peoples is made with Europe. We must accept that there will be a large Europe – larger even than the European Union,” he said, indicating the need to engage with Turkey and Russia on multiple issues.

He also maintained his country’s position on staying in the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal, which the US left in May. US President Donald Trump has indicated that economic sanctions will return against Iran and countries that do business with it, with the first round beginning earlier this month, while the other signatories to the agreement – France, UK, Germany, Russia and China – have all said they are staying inside the agreement, as the three years since it was struck have yielded substantial trade growth between the nations.

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