I spy the demise of the 'Old West' alliance

The Europe and the US know their economic and geopolitical clout is fading. The only way for them to retain significance is to work together, not against each other's interests.

When it became known that the US secret service successfully tapped the mobile phone of German chancellor Angela Merkel, this made international headlines last week. Rightly so – but not just because this is the latest revelation in the wake of Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing on the activities of the National Security Agency.

What this incident really tells us is something more profound: the “West” and the post WW2 trans-Atlantic alliance are history.

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