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Munich Security Conference reveals frayed trans-Atlantic ties

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16.02.2020

Tensions had been simmering for a long time, and now they've come to the fore: At the Munich Security Conference, the deep cracks in the trans-Atlantic relationship have become more apparent than ever. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's reply to German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier's opening speech showed that Europe—or at least Berlin, and even more so Paris—is further away from Washington than ever.

A common enemy?

The US delegation, surprisingly large for an election year, made every effort to close the gap between the two sides—but its approach was clearly at odds with President Donald Trump's administration. The US Congress and government did agree on something, though: That China is the new enemy. Hopefully in the face of this threat, the Europeans and Americans might once more find common ground.

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