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This is one the messages of this article: this sentiment against Europe will not go away with Trump. The new president may be no more than a symptom of this repositioning of the American right.
You might find me At The Edge Of Time.
My argument is that just because that far right fringe has accidentally ended up in power in the US does not mean that there is suddenly any credibility to any larger argument of any geopolitical structural explanations to any EU-US. A much better geopolitical explanation given the historical evidence is that the EU served US interests when the US was in charge of governing the planet. Rather, now that Trump has won power on a campaign premised on rejecting US responsibility for maintaining the institutions of globalization, the mutual interests of Americans and Europeans in developing a strong EU may have changed.
If you really think the far right "accidentally" ended up in power I'm sure we can find a bridge for you to buy.
The classic academic paper demonstrating how corporations easily take over policymaking in the EU, even when other groups such as NGO's are provided explicit institutional access alongside such corporations, is "Leading the Dance: Power and Political Resources of Business Lobbyists," by Cornelia Woll (2007).
In the last US election, the corporate class all backed Clinton, overwhelmingly, financially and otherwise, outspending Trump by an order of magnitude. Trump may be friendly to some kinds of business in some ways, but is mostly an unwelcome wildcard as far as the vast majority of billionaire class's lobbyists are concerned.
Looked at through economic theory, trade policies which lead to large, regulatory-homogenized markets is in the best interests of large corporations because it increases the returns to scale, an implication of the work by economics Nobel laureate Paul Krugman. That has been the global policy trajectory for decades under US global leadership. Now that train has been thrown off the tracks by Trump.
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