Can the U.S.-Europe Alliance Survive Trump? – Foreign Policy
By the summer of , relations were strained not only between Washington and Moscow but also between Washington and key capitals in Western Europe. But U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Iran have defined relations between Europe and Washington since the s. On the contrary, I think we should meet them head on, and one of the key strengths of the U.S.-EU relationship is our ability to talk candidly and.
Genetically modified food[ edit ] Main article: Genetically modified food controversies Genetically modified food is another significant area of disagreement between the two.
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The EU has been under domestic pressure to restrict the growth and import of genetically modified foods until their safety is proven to the satisfaction of the populace. On the other hand, the United States is under pressure from its agricultural businesses to force the EU to accept imports, seeing the EU's restrictions as alarmist and protectionist. Rendition[ edit ] The Washington Post claimed on November 2,that the United States was maintaining several secret jails or " black sites " in Eastern Europe.
Poland and Romania, however, have denied these allegations. BelgiumIcelandSpainand Sweden have launched investigations. In the meanwhile, the European Commission, on behalf of the European Union, asked the United States for a clarification. Julianne Smith, who worked as deputy national security advisor for former Vice President Joe Biden and is now a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, says European allies are feeling betrayed and angry.
On Thursday, the leaders of Great Britain, Germany, and France reiterated their firm commitment to the Iran deal and pledged to work with the remaining parties to try to keep it alive. That came a day after a European Union-wide summit sought ways to protect the deal even in the wake of the U.
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Europe seems prepared to push back in more dramatic ways against what many leaders now see as a unilateral U. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Brussels will on Friday begin activating so-called blocking statutes to shield European companies from the reach of U.
The statutes were drawn up in the s in response to previous U. Europe is particularly incensed, because even as Trump administration officials criticized it for complying with the existing Iran accord, Trump is reportedly offering to give a pass to a Chinese telecoms firm that for years illegally flouted Iran sanctions to do business with Tehran.
The blowup over Iran comes just as Europe and the United States face a possible trade war within weeks. The president and other administration officials have repeatedly taken aim at European trade practices and threatened to slap tariffs on a wide variety of European products. This spring, the Trump administration levied hefty tariffs on exports of steel and aluminum from a bevy of countries, including several NATO allies.
In other words, it reflects multinational companies shipping products to themselves in order to serve their local market, or as inputs into local production. This type of trade is critical as it serves as the backbone of a vast network of business investments on both sides of the Atlantic, supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs.
- Can the U.S.-Europe Alliance Survive Trump?
It is also a network that propels the global economy: A ship to shore crane prepares to load a shipping container onto a container ship in Savannah, Ga. Morton Shipping and new institutions The U. On the technological front, the introduction of the standard shipping container in the s set off the so-called second wave of globalization.
This under-appreciated technology was conceived by the U.
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S Army during the s and was perfected over Atlantic shipping routes. In short, by simply standardizing the size and shape of shipping containers, and building port infrastructure and ships to move them, massive economies of scale in shipping were realized. As a result, today container ships the size of small cities are routed via sophisticated logistics to huge deepwater ports around the world. These routes eventually made it profitable for other countries to invest in the large-scale port infrastructure that could handle modern container ships.
This laid the groundwork for the eventual growth of massive container terminals throughout Asia, which now serve as the hubs of the modern global supply chain.