The Transatlantic relations after the US presidential elections

Date: 
08 February 2017
City: 
Brussels
Time: 
15.00 - 18.00

The European Ideas Network, together with the Hudson Institute, will debate the future of the EU - US relations after the inauguration of the new president, Donald Trump.

The new president’s arrival in the White House brought a shift in both internal and foreign policy agenda. Some of these changes might urge Europe to take decisions, not only regarding the transatlantic issues but other of general policy.

The recent criticism about the European project’s long-term viability prompted pledges around Europe to stick together and renew the support for the EU, through a continuous dialogue among member States or through a fresh focus on the economy. With the Brexit spectre over the EU and populist campaigns across the continent, these bloc’s defenders already face a critical dilemma over how close a union they are prepared to build in response. Moreover, three of the EU’s six founding members face elections in which voters, who feel left behind or neglected by the «establishment», consider abandoning the EU to pursue tighter, nationalist interests.

Having the president advocated a more protectionist approach to international trade, is TTIP condemned never to become a reality? Additionally, which effects might come from a possible trade war between the US and China?

Furthermore, what should change in the way Europe perceives its defence capability? Binding the US support on the condition of member States spending 2% of their GDP on defence, the continent will have to spend more, and this might actually mean spending a lot more.

The European Union’s most valued four freedoms defined most of the past relations with US presidencies and, sticking to them in the future may help the job of strengthening our DNA. Being faithful to European convictions should not mean becoming populist ourselves. In conclusion, how will be the relation of these two regions after the vow to put only «America first»?

 

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