Elephant in the Room Europeans Debate Nuclear Self-Defense after Trump Win

For decades, American nuclear weapons have served as a guarantor of European security. But what happens if Donald Trump casts doubt on that atomic shield? A debate has already opened in Berlin and Brussels over alternatives to the U.S. deterrent. By SPIEGEL Staff
A British nuclear submarine near Scotland

A British nuclear submarine near Scotland

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NATO headquarters in Brussels: "informal and off-the-record" discussions.

NATO headquarters in Brussels: "informal and off-the-record" discussions.

© Francois Lenoir / Reuters/ REUTERS
An aerial view of the storage depots at the military airfield in Büchel, Germany, where it is believed that up to 20 B-61 nuclear missiles are being stored.

An aerial view of the storage depots at the military airfield in Büchel, Germany, where it is believed that up to 20 B-61 nuclear missiles are being stored.

Thomas Frey/ picture alliance / dpa
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