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Judy Asks: Will Trump Make Europe Stronger?

Carnegie Europe

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.

Only Europeans can make Europe stronger, and they must.

Better EU defense cooperation will allow Europeans to safeguard EU values and interests, and act as stronger NATO partners. But advancing stability is not only about military spending, as U.S. President Donald Trump suggests. The EU’s leadership on multilateralism, international law, development, and humanitarian aid has become more urgent as Europeans seek to advance a common interest. Additionally, Europe must show how rules-based trade agreements can benefit all, and that the environment needs protecting.

Europeans do not need any more wake-up calls about how historically shared values are at stake globally, but each and every tweet or statement by Trump is a strong reminder of the task.

While a lot of attention has been devoted to the need to step up Europe’s contributions to NATO, Europeans should also be better at leading by example on soft power. That is the best answer to a U.S. president with a zero-sum view of the world. And more importantly, it makes Europe stronger.

Read the views of the other experts here.