State of the Union : From Putin’s War to a Trade War?

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Comments on Ursula von der Leyen's 2023 address to the European Parliament on the state of the European Union. In essence, she tried to answer what was expected to become the EU’s most pressing question in coming years: how Europe could cope with increased global tensions and US isolationism. With crucial elections next year in Europe and the US, no end in sight to the war in Ukraine, and mounting Sino-American tensions, it was only rational for the EU to hedge against both populists at home and authoritarian or isolationist forces abroad. One obvious way to do this was to reassure Europeans that their jobs would be safe and the economy strong, regardless of a change of resident in the White House, China’s increasingly competitive tech and green industries or Europe’s ambitious plans to fight climate change.

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