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If the EU is Trump’s Foe, the EU should address Trumpism within Europe. Egmont Commentary, 17 July 2018

Mattelaer, Alexander (2018) If the EU is Trump’s Foe, the EU should address Trumpism within Europe. Egmont Commentary, 17 July 2018. [Policy Paper]

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    Much is being made of the recent claim of the President of the United States that the European Union is “a foe”. The great paradox is that this statement is at the same time extravagant and nonetheless contains a kernel of truth. As Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans swiftly pointed out, Europeans and Americans are best friends who do not give up on one another. Yet it is also difficult to dispute that the EU stands for a different conception of international relations than the one Trump himself believes in – most notably that might does not make right. Yet should the EU allow itself to be drawn into another rhetorical brawl about the state of transatlantic relations? Perhaps it would be far better to focus political energy on addressing the grievances of these who feel politically alienated within Europe, lest Trump-inspired revolutionary spirits destroy the Union from within.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Uncontrolled Keywords: EU and strategic partners, EU institutional affairs, EU strategy and foreign policy
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-US
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Egmont : Royal Institute for International Affairs > Commentaries
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2019 12:39
    Number of Pages: 4
    Last Modified: 16 Feb 2020 19:07

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