Donald Tusk

European allies France, UK gamble, join Trump against Syria

Europe's two biggest military powers took a gamble in lining up behind U.S. President Donald Trump to bombard Syria. Now they need to make sure it doesn't backfire.

Critics swiftly accused Britain and France of playing loyal deputies to an unpredictable American leader, viewed by many in Europe with suspicion or outright scorn. Some worried it could further antagonize Europe's hulking neighbor Russia at an already tense time.

British Prime Minister Theresa May was decried for not seeking parliamentary approval for Saturday's coordinated airstrikes. French President Emmanuel Macron was accused of compromising the independence of a country that famously stayed out of former...