At times, David Cameron has spoken like the greatest defender of Western values since Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. At others, he has sounded like a multi-culturalist, desperate to gain approval from the liberal-establishment.
Financial austerity has led to a sharp slowdown in military expenditure in many countries across the world. The US remains by far the biggest spender at $698 billion, while deep cuts in Europe underline US concerns that NATO allies are failing to pull their weight
In what may prove to be a defining moment in Europe’s relationship with its growing Muslim population, France takes decisive action to force Muslims to conform to Western values. But Muslim activists are not taking the ban lying down.