Donald Trump’s election has prompted some deep soul-searching in Germany. One of the most intriguing areas is on nuclear weapons policy. In an oracular pronouncement seized on by the media, Roderich Kiesewetter, a member of the ruling Christian Democrats, said that if Mr Trump’s America “no longer wants to offer a nuclear security guarantee, Europe still needs a nuclear umbrella”. One of the publishers of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung then gave the screw another twist. Given Russian rearmament and a smallish Anglo-French panoply, let’s think the “unthinkable” – our “own nuclear deterrent”.
FT 14th Feb 2017 read more »