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.
Judy Asks: Will the Next U.S. President Care About Europe?
Marietje Schaake, Vice chair of the European Parliament Delegation for Relations with the United States
The next POTUS is unlikely to care as much about Europe as European leaders would like. Yet he or she can make a real difference and strengthen the transatlantic relationship. That means making better suggestions than for Europeans to start carrying guns to defend themselves against terrorists. There is a lot to be done. In the fields of foreign policy, trade, and the digital economy, the potential for divergence looms.
While there have been quite a few chilly moments in the transatlantic relationship recently, many in the EU look to Washington as their first partner. When it comes to foreign policy and defense, this is a necessity more than a luxury, which may in turn be a reason for U.S. frustration with Europe.
An area in which the United States could disappoint Europe is trade. There are increasing suggestions from U.S. officials for a limited transatlantic deal during the administration of President Barack Obama, instead of a comprehensive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) whenever negotiations come to a successful end. The United States is already part of a deal that includes a number of Asian countries, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and may not push for another agreement.
Another area in which the EU and the United States should cooperate more but in which clashes will likely continue is regulation of the digital economy. Measures from privacy protection to the ensuring of fair competition, which the EU sees as principled, are labeled protectionist on the U.S. side. Discussions since the 2013 leaks by whistleblower Edward Snowden have not led to warmer transatlantic relations or more trust.
Read all responses on the website of Carnegie Europe.