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Drifting Away from the US - a New Global Trend?

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14.02.2020

Recently, an ever increasing number of countries has started distancing itself from the United States. This process became particularly noticeable a couple of years ago when Donald Trump announced a new policy that he dubbed America First.

It’s noteworthy that in the aftermath of the Cold War the US assumed a dominant role on the geopolitical stage, claiming that it was the sole surviving superpower. Under Trump’s leadership, America would try to maintain its “primacy” over the rest of the world at all costs, but Washington’s policies under the slogan America First have recently started to provoke rejection by a great many of countries of the world.

More and more often across the EU analysts turn to discussing the question that bugs them the most: who is the principal problem for Brussels – Russia or the United States? Which of these powers is a lesser evil for Europe?

And now, the recent diplomatic steps undertaken by Angela Merkel provide us with an answer to this question. Recent contacts and personal meetings between the leaders of Germany and Russia on topical issues facing Europe and the Middle East, on the civil war in Libya, an exacerbation of tensions between the US and Iran, on the conflict in Ukraine and the completion of the Nord Stream 2, all clearly hint us about warming ties between Moscow and Berlin. We see assessments of how Europe’s perception of the United States changed in recent years, the growing criticism of Trump’s policies introduced against today’s leader of the EU – Germany, as the latter has suffered significant financial losses due to harsh anti-Russian sanctions imposed from across the Atlantic in the last couple years. And Germany is not alone as a lot of European companies have effectively lost the Russian market with their positions now being firmly occupied by Chinese manufacturers. However, Berlin continues to suffer from US sanctions, especially those recently introduced against the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline, as........

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