The EU’s ambition to become more capable on a range of foreign policy and defence issues predates the outgoing Trump administration. Nevertheless, the last four years saw a hedging strategy by some European governments preparing for a gradual withdrawal of the US from Europe and for toughening global competition. The incoming US President announced “America is back at the table” with an administration that wants to work closely with transatlantic allies and through multilateral settings. With the change of tone in DC, how great is the inclination for EU governments to reduce military and foreign policy efforts? Or rather, will a “new deal” between Washington and European capitals jump-start EU strategic autonomy and allow greater influence on a range of global security and multilateral issues? Will the change of administration alter the trajectory towards growing global competition on trade and technology, which has placed the EU in an uncomfortable spot between the US and China?
This expert panel is part of the FIIA project “European Strategic Autonomy in a Geo-economic World”, which will present its final report later this spring.
Registration to Maija Salonen, firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday 19 January.