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July 30, 2020

The Transatlantic Relationship: A Call to the Next Generation

By Rachel Rizzo

Where We Stand

In the future, the US and the EU will have to make even greater efforts to ensure the permanence and vitality of their relationship. Most importantly, the future dialogue will have to reflect the social, demographic and political realities on both sides of the Atlantic. This means, for example, that all sections of society must be represented in Washington and Brussels.

In the future, the U.S. and the EU will have to make even greater efforts to ensure the permanence and vitality of their relationship.

Over the last seven decades, the United States and Europe have been each other’s closest allies. Bound together by a shared history and rising out of the ashes of World War II, the Transatlantic partners have built a relationship on diplomacy, economics, security, and shared values. But today, the future of this relationship hangs in the balance. Over the last few years, Donald Trump and members of his administration have derided European allies to such a degree that the very fibers holding the relationship together are frayed. Political leaders and citizens alike are now openly questioning the utility of the Transatlantic partnership. In the United States, this is coupled with a growing generational divide over the questions that have historically underpinned foreign policy: what is the role of the United States in the world? Where should US foreign policy priorities lie? And what does the future of the US Alliance structure look like? Today is a pivotal moment-- It is a time to inject new life and new voices into the US-European partnership. But perhaps above all, it’s an opportunity to ensure that the priorities on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as the people making the decisions, reflect the realities of today’s society.

Read the full article from the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

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