A rift with "Europe," or just the EU?

Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

"The United States is doing Europe no favors by alleviating the continent’s need to pay for its own defense. Indications are funds that otherwise would have gone to defense — a core function for which governments are instituted among men — instead go to fund the EU’s generous welfare state. Such programs, Pope John Paul II wrote in Centesimus Annus, lead to 'a loss of human energies and an inordinate increase of public agencies, which are dominated more by bureaucratic ways of thinking than by concern for serving their clients.' … urging leaders to fund central government responsibilities and avoid costly agreements that sap energy (both human and natural) does nothing to harm 'Europe.' Such principles are valid for every nation. The current rift is not between the United States and 'Europe' but between the U.S. and the EU superstructure." (05/30/17)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2017/05/30/rift-europe-or-just-eu