Two and a half years into the Trump administration, an odd calm appears to have settled over the trans-Atlantic relationship. The European Union, for its part, has not been engulfed by a tsunami of uncontrolled immigration, nor has it been torched by populists. It has not imploded or been abandoned by its member states. Even Britain is still in the EU — for now. But that the absence of disasters should be cause for relief is no small measure of how bad the relationship has become. And beneath the surface, things are not well at all. This essay examines how American and European trans-Atlantic strategy and policy have fared in the new paradigm of great power competition.
A publication within the framework of the initiative Brookings - Robert Bosch Foundation Transatlantic Initiative (BBTI).