The CIA ends aid to Syrian rebels, the U.S. looks at sanctions against Venezuela and Iran, and the shooting of an Australian in Minnesota raises questions on two continents.
America’s relationship with its trans-Atlantic allies is being re-calibrated. The new administration is clear about its priorities, America First. But the European Union appears to be becoming apart at the seams. Bad weather has delayed German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s planned meeting with President Trump. It has now been rescheduled for Friday.
With almost a dozen elections looming in Europe and a cool breeze coming out of Washington D.C, 2017 will be a pivotal time for many transatlantic relationships. Brexit and a resurgent nationalist mood makes for a forbidding backdrop.
Some European leaders are now urging their counterparts to see President Trump as threat; a challenge that might upend not only the 70-year European project of integration and security, but just about everything they stand for, including liberal democracy itself.
- Constanze Stelzenmueller Robert Bosch senior fellow, The Brookings Institution.
- John Peet Europe Editor for the Economist
- Robert Oulds Author of "Everything You Wanted To Know About The EU: But Were Afraid To ask" and Director of the conservative Euro-skeptic "Bruges Group".
- Nabil Wakim Editor at Le Monde.
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