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The crisis of American power: How Europeans see Biden's America | ECFR - Jan. 19, 2021 |

  • Europeans' attitudes towards the United States have undergone a massive change. Majorities in key member states now think the US political system is broken, and that Europe cannot just rely on the US to defend it.
  • They evaluate the EU and/or their own countries' systems much more positively than that of the US - and look to Berlin rather than Washington as the most important partner.

Many Europeans believe in Biden's promise to re-engage internationally but - after witnessing America's response to Covid-19 and domestic polarisation - most doubt Washington's capacity to shape the world.

These divisions run through European countries rather than between them. Rather than splitting Europe into its `new' and `old' parts as in 2003, we can identify four new tribes based on their views of power in the twenty-first century.

Brexit added fuel to the fire of mistrust, but in certain ways the English managed to unite Europeans of the EU-27.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Feb 16th, 2022 at 11:59:34 AM EST
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