Trump and Europe: Atlantic hurricane season?

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Series Details No. 120, June/July 2018
Publication Date 30/05/2018
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Relations between the United States and the EU and its European allies were further strained by events at the 44th G7 Summit, 8-9 June 2018, Charlevoix, Canada.The Atlantic hurricane season did not officially start until June 1st, but US President Donald Trump’s decision on 8 May 2018 to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – the Iran nuclear deal – had triggered an early transatlantic storm. Even if Trump turned out to be a one-off, and America reverted to the mean after him, neither Europe nor the US should take the survival of the transatlantic partnership for granted.

But for the foreseeable future, the two sides of the Atlantic would still have more interests and values that united them than that divided them. There was no more sense in a ‘Europe first’ policy than in Trump’s ‘America first’ approach.

The right response for Europe in the face of the current administration’s unilateralism was to work with transatlanticists in the US to preserve as much as possible of the partnership, so that once Hurricane Donald had blown over – whether that is in 2021 or 2025 – there were still strong foundations on which to rebuild.

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ESO: In Focus, May 2018: European reaction to the US decision to pull out of the Iran deal
ESO: Background information: Point of View: What Germany, France and Britain should do after Trump nixes the Iran deal
Egmont Institute: Commentaries, 09.05.18: Will Trump’s decision on Iran end Europe’s servility?
Politico, 11-12.06.18: [Opinion]: Europe, time to stand up to Trump
LSE European Institute: EuroppBlog, 12.06.18: Colliding worlds: Donald Trump and the European Union
ECFR: Commentary, 18.05.18: The End of the Concept of ‘the West’?

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