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Afghanistan fallout — Europe's military dilemma — Politics of loneliness

Afghanistan fallout — Europe's military dilemma — Politics of loneliness

Update: 2021-09-021
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We debate whether Afghanistan's collapse moves the needle in Europe's long-running dilemma over building up its own military power. Plus, we have a discussion on a new form of loneliness among younger generations in Europe.

There's a back-to-school vibe in Brussels, and POLITICO's Andrew Gray, Rym Momtaz, Matthew Karnitschnig and David M. Herszenhorn break down the main topic still dominating the agenda: the turmoil in Afghanistan and the implications for Europe, particularly in terms of its military power and place in the world.

Then we hear from Diana Kinnert, an activist and politician from Germany's center-right Christian Democrats, who speaks to POLITICO's Sarah Wheaton about her book on loneliness. Kinnert, who's 30, contends there's a new type of loneliness plaguing her generation — which can have long-term impacts on public health, business and politics.

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Afghanistan fallout — Europe's military dilemma — Politics of loneliness

Afghanistan fallout — Europe's military dilemma — Politics of loneliness

Rym Momtaz, Andrew Gray, David M. Herszenhorn, Sarah Wheaton, Cristina Gonzalez, Matthew Karnitschnig, Diana Kinnert