GMF Private Breakfast-Conversation: Is Donald Trump a Unifying or a Dividing Factor in the EU?
- Dr. Christoph von Marschall, First Helmut Schmidt Fellow, Die Zeit Stiftung, Non-Resident Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States, and Chief Diplomatic Correspondent, Der Tagesspiegel
- Dr. Alexandra de Hoop Scheffer, Senior Fellow and Director, Paris Office, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
The transatlantic partnership enters a new phase. Under President Donald Trump, the United States seems unwilling to defend the liberal world order in the way Europe has been used to since 1945. Brexit, populist movements, the war in Ukraine and the inability of the EU so far to reform itself pose additional challenges.
At the same time, many Europeans advocate for a greater EU presence on the international stage. However, EU nations disagree as to which issues are the most pressing and how they ought to be addressed. For example, Germans are outraged by President Trump’s actions and perceive him as a risk. The Polish government sees itself as in sync with Trump on certain issues. France does not seem to share either view: despite not responding as emotionally as the German public, the French still perceive Trump as a challenge.
In a similar way, there is disagreement as to what the core of the transatlantic partnership will be in future. Poles are focused on security, defense and NATO, while Germans emphasize trade, investment and the EU. By contrast, the French are preoccupied by questions of burden-sharing between America and Europe on the international stage and the future of supranational organizations.
The discussion will be held in English and off-the-record.
Registration is mandatory. To register, or if you have any questions, please contact Marta Pellón Brussosa: MPellonBrussosa@gmfus.org.