Serious and Existential: The Clinton and Trump Challenges to Transatlantic Relations

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Series Details No.26, October 2017
Publication Date 11/10/2016
ISBN 978-88-9368-006-6
ISSN 2280-4331
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Transatlantic relations have long been predictable. Stability has served the interests of the transatlantic partners well. For the US, the European allies individually, and through the forums of NATO and the EU, have remained the partners of first choice. For Europe, the alliance has served to keep the Americans involved in European issues. But now, for the first time in generations, the very concept of “alliance” is being called into question by a major US presidential candidate.

Without a radical reshaping of the burdens and purposes of the alliance, the Republican nominee, Donald Trump, claims that under his presidency America will simply walk away from Europe. The Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, presents a much less fundamental challenge, but her approach to Russia, as well as the growing American demand for Europeans to take greater responsibility for their own security, will nevertheless pose a serious challenge to European leaders.

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