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On February 24, Dr. Karen Donfried gave an interview to the Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita.
The article explains why the U.S. might be concerned about the ongoing state of affairs within the EU. It touches upon a political atmosphere within Poland and the region prior to the NATO Summit in July 2016. Dr. Donfried clarifies the United States’ position on protecting NATO allies along the eastern flank, highlighting the country’s readiness to take any actions necessary to deter potential threats. Dr. Donfried discusses why the United States have decided not to take a leading position in negotiations with Ukraine, handing over leadership on the matter to Germany. She also brings to light the ongoing crises the EU currently faces, stating that the end of EU integration could be dangerous for Europe. Later commenting on the U.S. elections, Dr. Donfried notes that societies in the U.S. and Europe alike are tired of austerity measures implemented during the financial crisis. This deep-seated disappointment has acted as a catalyst for the high levels of popularity that far-right and populist politicians on both sides of the Atlantic currently enjoy.