March 04, 2019

The Trump administration quietly corrects its diplomatic slight of the E.U.

Source: The Washington Post

Journalist: Emily Tamkin

On Monday, two months after news broke that Washington had downgraded the diplomatic status of the European Union mission to the United States, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union announced that the United States has restored the diplomatic status.

The downgrade was largely taken as a sign that the Trump administration saw the European Union as another pesky multilateral institution and not a partner organization. The reversal is “a gesture of goodwill” as a new E.U. ambassador arrives, said Benjamin Haddad, director of the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative. Still, Haddad said, “It was a completely unnecessary denigrating move in the first place."

Experts agree that, while the move will be seen as a welcome course correction, it cannot undue the damage from a diplomatic downgrade Europeans believe should not have happened in the first place.

Read the full article and more in The Washington Post.


  • Rachel Rizzo

    Former Adjunct Fellow, Transatlantic Security Program

    Rachel Rizzo is an adjunct fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), working in the Transatlantic Security Program. Her research focuses on European security, N...