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Germany Is More Than Europe Can Handle: Or, Why NATO Remains a Pacifier

Sten Rynning

September 2013

NATO Defense College


Few people care today to make reference to the competition for power and prestige among Europe's great powers. Europe is a job well done - whole and free, as the saying goes. NATO, yesterday's custodian of regional order, has shifted its focus accordingly, concentrating on globalized security threats, crisis management, and cooperative security.