The EU and a US Presidency: Joe Biden – The Return of Politics

Donald Trump has not yet left the White House and votes continue to be (re-)counted in some US states. But all the signs point to it: the next president of the United States of America will be Democrat Joe Biden – with Vice-President Kamala Harris by his side. What does the Democratic duo’s victory mean for transatlantic relations?

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“Soft Brexit” sorgt für Ungewissheit in Washington

Trump May White House
Source: House

Dem Multilateralismus hat die Trump-Administration öffentlich abgesagt. Bilaterale Abkommen zwischen zwei Staaten erklärte Präsident Trump hingegen als besten „Deal“ für amerikanische Arbeiter und die Interessen der USA. So soll eigentlich auch ein bilaterales Abkommen mit dem Vereinigten Königreich für die post-Brexit Ära ausgehandelt werden. Es sollte eines der wichtigen Themen bei Trumps Besuch in London sein. Doch nach den überrraschenden Rücktritten in der britischen Regierung und klareren Plänen für einen “Soft Brexit” stellt Trump dieses bereits wieder in Frage. 

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Upcoming conference: Stuck in the Middle with You: Transatlantic Security from Syria to Ukraine


Date: 12-13 October 2016
: Hotel Leopold, Rue du Luxembourg, 35-1050 Brussels

At the juncture of an ongoing conflict in Syria, porous borders on Europe’s outer fringe and continued instability in Ukraine, Europe is more unstable than ever since the end of the Cold War.
The British June Referendum to exit the European Union adds fuel to the fire of uncertainty, especially when it comes to European defence cooperation and the EU defence component. Wedged between these ongoing challenges, NATO sceptics on either side of the Atlantic are running or will be running for elections in important allied countries such as the United States and later in Germany and France. Continue reading

“Donald Trump is running for dictator” – a conversation on populism in Europe and the USA with Tom Palmer

Who are Trump`s supporters and why do they vote him from victory to victory? Classical liberal philosopher and historian Tom Palmer, Executive Vice President of the Atlas Network, asked himself these questions as it became ever more likely that after the first primaries Trump could be the Republican 2016 presidential candidate. He noticed that he was disconnected from Trump voters, he knew no-one who would admit to supporting Trump, yet he knew that support existed. In a telling interview with the BBC a voter said she supported Trump because he “said what she thought”. An interesting observation, Palmer has looked at the motivation of Trump voters and contrasted that with support for populism in Europe. During a whistle-stop tour of Europe, Palmer visited the Naumann Foundation in Brussels to exchange ideas on populism on both sides of the Atlantic and what liberals can do to stop future governments from being headed by populists such as Trump or Le Pen. Continue reading