Europe reacts to Afghanistan’s collapse

As the Taliban consolidate their hold over Afghanistan, we have reaction from around Europe to the U.S. decision to pull out and debate the policy implications for NATO and the transatlantic alliance.

POLITICO’s Chief Europe Correspondent Matthew Karnitschnig is joined by Lili Bayer in Brussels, Annabelle Dickson in the U.K. and Saim Saeed, our regional expert, to discuss how Afghanistan’s unraveling has been handled by European allies.

Matt then speaks to Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group, about how this crisis came to pass — and debate the impact on NATO and Europe’s relationship with the Biden administration.

Kay Bailey Hutchison, the U.S. ambassador to NATO under Donald Trump, is also a guest on the show. She spoke with POLITICO’s Sarah Wheaton and David M. Herszenhorn late last week as the Taliban’s rapid advance across the country was in full swing. The long-time U.S. senator discusses how she believes President Trump would have handled the situation and America’s position on China and its influence on allied members.

Matt also gives us a brief update on where things stand in the final stages of campaigning as Germans gear up for their big election on September 26.



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