Europe’s NATO Balancing Act

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Series Details May 2017
Publication Date 24/05/2017
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European leaders and American presidents have not always seen eye-to-eye in the past about NATO, but the first summit with President Trump in May 2017 carried unique risks for the alliance. The Europeans needed to convince an ultra-sceptical president that NATO and the EU could be effective security providers in Europe; and they needed to look as though they believed it. The author argues that they should not wait for the United States to take the lead – NATO would benefit from Europeans taking a more active role in shaping the alliance’s policies

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ESO: Background information: Meeting of NATO Heads of State and Government, Brussels, Belgium – 25 May 2017
Euro|Topics: Debates, May 2017: How dangerous is Trump's stance vis-à-vis Nato?
The Guardian, 25.05.17: For once, Trump stays silent about Nato unity – and US allies are disappointed
Carnegie Europe: Strategic Europe, 26.05.17: Trump Leaves NATO

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