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Carnegie Europe: Can Europe Defend Multilateralism?


A selection of experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world. This week: Can Europe Defend Multilateralism?

Please find Marietje Schaake's answer below, and other answers here.

Marietje Schaake, Member of European Parliament

Yes it can, but must do so with partners.

Globalization and digitization create mutual dependence, and most challenges require rules and solutions beyond borders. From internet governance to trade and from climate change to migration, agreement and cooperation towards shared solutions are essential.

Since the self-defeating withdrawal by the Trump administration from a series of multilateral agreements, the EU has taken over the position of leader in defending and promoting multilateralism. We can never show too much ambition here and should engage with other partners to build a critical mass.

It is in our citizens’ interest—and hopefully Europe will find the United States a more reliable partner toward multilateralism again in the future.