Should We Fear For Transatlantic Relations?
- Jamie Fly, Senior Fellow and Director, Future of Geopolitics, Asia Program, German Marshall Fund of the United States
- Gary Schmitt, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
- Volker Stanzel, Vice President, Executive Board, German Council on Foreign Relations
- Bogusław Winid, Foreign Policy and Security Adviser to the President of Poland, Ambassador to the United Nations (2014-2017) and NATO (2007-2011)
- Michał Baranowski, Warsaw Director, German Marshall Fund of the United States
With the conclusion of the latest NATO Summit, uncertainty over the future of the transatlantic relations keeps growing. Defense spending, trade tariffs, as well as foreign policy seem to remain subjects of disagreement among leaders of both sides of the Atlantic. As German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has noted recently: “The U.S. and Europe have been drifting apart for years. The overlapping of values and interests that has shaped our relationship for two generations is decreasing.” Aside from its relationship with the United States, Europe is also facing a crisis within, with populist parties growing in the member states and bringing into question the future of the European Union itself.
In the age of rising nationalism and protectionism, what is the future for the transatlantic relations? Are shared challenges of the United States and Europe strong enough to overcome the growing differences between the two? How will China and Russia react to the growing tensions in the transatlantic space?
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