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Trump’s America-first policy could bring about a powerful EU superstate


Trump altered how the United States deals with regimes that threaten the West with military force (Picture: Getty)

The presidency of Donald Trump has been one based on an America-first foreign policy.

This, coupled with his erratic rhetoric, has changed the international values associated with the United States. So for the first time in a generation, American values differ greatly to that of the states making up the European Union.

Trump believes this strategy will eventually force the European states to capitulate to his nationalist foreign policy, allowing the United States to become an unchallenged superpower state.

However, it is more likely that it will embolden anti-US flavour across Europe and promote political integration on an unprecedented scale.

Trump’s forthright approach to his relationship with Europe has redefined the long-standing transatlantic relationship between the United States and its European allies.

It has now deteriorated to the point where Jens Stoltenberg, the usually impartial head of NATO, has urged the United States and Europe to work closely together to prevent a breakdown in relations.

This unprecedented intervention comes as the President launched into one of his typical, undiplomatic Twitter rants, in which he claimed ‘the people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition’.

Since the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, there has been an understanding between countries in Europe and the United States that one should not intervene in the domestic politics of another.

Whether you like him or not, Trump is breaking down once traditional boundaries between states that is fuelling this new world order.

The Trump Administration’s brazen disregard for unity with Europe was made clear at the recent meeting of the G7, where the President openly called for Russia to be welcomed back into the group of industrialised nations.

After being expelled in 2014 for the annexation of Crimea, Russia has largely been seen as somewhat of a pariah state, particularly when it comes to the G7, which is now based on the shared political values of democracy and liberty.

This month’s G7 meeting not only saw Trump break with Europe and Canada in regard to Russia but, by pulling out of the the joint communique, Trump emphasised the differences that exist between his administration and Europe by failing to even agree a form of words to summarise the discussions.

President Trump’s skewed nationalism forces him to look for a trade war with just about any country that can compete with the United States, leading to punitive trade tariffs being placed on European steel and aluminium.

Placing such economically detrimental tariffs on his allies shows Trump has, deliberately or not, failed to distinguish between American allies and adversaries, with similar trade tariffs recently placed on China.

Picture posted on Angela Merkel's Instagram account shows the German chancellor surrounded by world leaders as she talks to President Trump (Picture: bundeskanzlerin/Instagram)

(Picture: bundeskanzlerin/Instagram)

Attacking European trade will only force the European nations to further integrate their economies and look elsewhere for export opportunities, particularly for the goods affected by Trump’s measures.

This also carries the risk that Europe and China will see their trading partnership flourish, which could be potentially disastrous for the United States’ influence across the world.

The G7 debacle was just the latest in a string of American tensions with Europe, with the most significant of these being Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement.

Donald Trump’s late arrival for last week’s G7 meeting, coupled with his early departure to meet North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, also shows this shift in priorities from the United States.

In Singapore, Trump altered how the United States deals with regimes that threaten the West with military force.

By guaranteeing security to North Korea, in an albeit vague agreement, Trump has legitimised Kim’s use of nuclear threats, and showed it to be successful for political gains.

This sets an extremely dangerous example for other countries that look to develop nuclear weapons as a means to gaining more influence on the international stage, particularly the most significant US adversary, Iran.

The use of this strategy with Iran may have different, much more devastating, consequences.

The fact is that it was the President that has stepped forward to bow to Kim’s threats of nuclear annihilation and to legitimise not only Kim’s leadership, but his strategy too.

But while Trump is President, this new American attitude to international relations cannot be stopped as it stems from his personality.

The President is more than happy to tear up long-standing international agreements if it wins him a cheap headline. Trump continues to wave away human rights abuses in the Middle East, particularly in Yemen and Gaza.

With Brexit looming for the UK, this new American attitude towards its allies has potentially the most significant consequences.

Britain is leaving the European Union just as a political integration process is about to begin.

While Brexiteers may not like it, the fact is that, as Europe grows closer on issues such as security, trade, and defence, Britain will fail to reap any benefits and be forced to form an unequal partnership with the United States, which would see Britain as the obvious junior partner.

Donald Trump’s presidency is changing the international status quo at a rate not seen since the fall of the Soviet Union.

The state of play is now that the President does not recognise the differences between his allies and adversaries, particularly when it comes to the American economy.

This is an unprecedented moment for the world, and while a fully integrated EU superstate is unlikely, Donald Trump is paving the way for a more united Europe at the cost of an unstable world.

Source: http://metro.co.uk/2018/06/20/trumps-america-first-policy-could-bring-about-a-powerful-eu-superstate-that-leaves-britain-out-in-the-cold-7645758

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