Europe is urged to rapidly bolster its defense capabilities to counter threats from Russia and potential abandonment by a future Donald Trump-led United States, impacting NATO's cohesion and global security.

The article highlights Donald Trump's recent comments that undermine NATO's collective defense commitment, posing a significant risk to global security and encouraging European nations to meet higher defense expenditure targets. It discusses the necessity for European countries to independently strengthen their defense mechanisms, including increasing military spending to possibly 3% of GDP, amid growing threats from Russia and uncertainty over US commitment under Trump's leadership.