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The prizes

A back-up for Nato

Shashank Joshi

We’re set to leave the EU at a moment of extraordinary geopolitical tumult. A transatlantic trade war looms, President Trump postures against America’s traditional allies, and Russia and China are probing Europe’s soft spots. No wonder European defence is finding a second wind. Military spending on the continent is rising faster than anywhere else, and concrete new initiatives—like Permanent Structured Co-operation, which covers logistics, maritime surveillance and more—are firming up. As former MI6 chief John Sawers told Prospect in February, Britain risks sliding “adrift” into a third tier of powers in this fragmenting world. This creates one of the many ironies of Brexit: a newly lonely UK, once the most dogged sceptics of EU defence co-operation, is belatedly realising its value, and clambering to keep a foothold.

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In Prospect’s August issue: Zoe Williams argues that the first thing we need to do if we are to remain in the EU is to tackle the reasons why so many wanted out—namely pay and conditions at home and the impact of unfettered capitalism. Prospect’s Alex Dean and Tom Clark interviewed former Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg who says the liberal centre should keep the faith—there is another way to work closely with Europe, but the immigration question is central to finding that solution. Meanwhile, a group of writers including Wolfgang Münchau, Shashank Joshi and Owen Hatherley explain some of the pitfalls, prizes and things you hadn’t thought about when it comes to the UK’s relationship with the EU. Elsewhere in the issue: Former UK diplomat Tom Fletcher profiles the out-going UN human rights chief who is causing a stir by saying the things nobody else would dare. Steve Bloomfield asks what happened to Seymour Hersh—how did the legendary journalist come to echo the thoughts and ideas of Bashar al-Assad; and Phil Ball examines the crisis of male infertility asking: where has all the sperm gone?