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What role will the EU play in foreign affairs?

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The ongoing disagreement over the EU’s next seven-year €1.8 billion ($2.13 billion) budget and coronavirus recovery fund is music to the ears of China and Russia. The dispute will also be interpreted by US President-elect Joe Biden as evidence that the bloc is still a playground for US interests and anything but the united, sovereign strategic actor it is so often presented as in internal EU discussions.

French President Emmanuel Macron insists that the EU should be just this latter entity. Yet German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has expressed skepticism, calling "European strategic autonomy" an "illusion." In her view, the "Europeans cannot make up for the decisive role that the US plays as a guarantor of security." That view was confirmed by the subsequent panic that broke out among all US allies after US President Donald Trump’s recent announcement that the US would withdraw a significant number of troops from Afghanistan and Iraq by January. European actors will,........

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