Walter Russell Mead (born 12 June 1952, Columbia, South Carolina) is James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and Humanities at Bard College and Editor-at-Large of The American Interestmagazine, and is recognized as one of the country’s leading students of American foreign policy. Until 2010, Mead was the Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at theCouncil on Foreign Relations. Mead’s father, Loren Mead, is an Episcopal priest in Washington, D.C., who grew up in several places in the South. Mead received his B.A. in English Literature fromYale University. He is an honors graduate of Groton School and Yale, where he received prizes for history and debate. In addition to his position at Bard, Mead currently teaches American foreign policy at Yale University. He is a Democrat, and has said he voted for Barack Obama in the 2008 Presidential Election. In 2003, Mead supported the Iraq War. Mead’s current writing is best described as centrist and contains a mix of liberal and conservative views.
Wall Street Journal Article
“Europe has only two real alternatives.
The first is that the EU (or at least its eurozone core) can transform itself into a single national state. France, Germany, Italy, Spain would become much more like Texas, California and New York: big states in a larger federal union.
A single European government would make the big decisions and local authorities would deal with the small stuff. Instead of international institutions together making up the European Union, we would have a United States of Europe.
The second (and marginally more likely course in my judgment) is to settle for a less perfect union. The single euro will break up into a larger number of currencies, and the European Union will become a weaker and less cohesive body of more independent member states—more British Commonwealth than Roman Empire.”
Comment by Adamantine:
This article is but one of many stating in recent weeks that Europe of today is but a transition state on the way to some other new entity. In each article one option mentioned is a new stronger union of part or even all of the EU which will function as a true state.
This article is interesting because it states the EU will either become a Commonwealth or
a United States of Europe which in a backhanded way would be acknowledged to be reminiscent of the Roman Empire.