It's all in history
As the left in Europe begin to move further left, the European leaders began to invest less and less money into their own militaries and NATO.
The Soviet Union was gone and the trouble in the Middle East and Africa was far away. At least, this is what they believed.
Over the years, only Canada, the UK and USA maintained their militaries to agreed standards. Although, during the Obama years, this level was barely met--even though the war in Afghanistan was at its worse.
China, for all the punch lines they have become, aren't stupid. They've always been great at taking advantage of opponent weaknesses... and if you aren't China--you are an opponent.
China figured out, the leaders in Europe spent their money on each other--enriching those who helped them get into power. If these leaders have to start rebuilding their military, they won't be able to continue to make themselves and their friends even wealthier than they already are. The same families are in power now in Europe, that have been in power for the past 20 years. This should tell you something. Especially when the middle and lower economic classes have remain stagnant--and it many instances, have become worse.
Kids used to leave the house when they were 17-20 years old with a decent job. Now it's closer to 30--maybe.
Today, look at the families in charge of each European nation parliament; not to mention party leadership.
It's not much different than 20 years ago. Except things for everyone but them have become worse. China has become stronger, and Germany has become Putin's lap cat.
The left screams about the corruption of the right. As if this would even be possible, since the left has owned all the power for 20+ years.
Today, people still listen to the left--as if they are the ones to follow, because the left has lied and use their friends to hide the truth. It's a sad state in Europe.
The UK started to see this a few years ago, and has started change. It's funny... look at how those who were in power, resisted the UK empowering it's people over the government.
The only way a country is going to become stronger, is by ensuring the people have the power. The more power you give to the government, the more you want the government to take care of you, the weaker the people become.
Free this, free that... is what imprisons you. It's what Communism is. The carrot of free things on the long end of a stick, that you never get to... because it's used by those in power to get you to jump through hoops.
Europe may have free health care, but it's poor health care. Really good medical personnel move the USA for better wages, equipment and standards.
All that is left, is the bottom of the medical pool, with a long waiting list. You wait weeks to find out the government will only do so much for you, before it tells you it's too expensive to treat you. You didn't think those in power with all the money, are going to let you take their cash away to treat your cancer, did you?