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After U.S. President Donald Trump's recent European tour – which culminated in his infamous news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin – there can no longer be any doubt that he and his supporters want to destroy the American-led international order and global trade system. To be sure, Trump is not synonymous with the United States. At stake is not the U.S.-EU relationship, which remains strong, but rather the West's dominant position on the world stage. Trump is accelerating a shift in the global balance of power that will leave both America and Europe weaker in relative terms. At the end of WWII, two non-European powers on either side of the old European state system – the U.S. and the Soviet Union – asserted themselves, and Europe became just another square on the chess board.Europe – and particularly Germany – was thereafter divided between the two new powers, and European sovereignty was effectively subsumed by the U.S. foreign-policy establishment and the Kremlin.First, Trump has continued to question the U.S. commitment to mutual defense under the North Atlantic Treaty. Second, his administration is actively undermining the World Trade Organization and the global trade system upon which much of Europe's prosperity rests. Only the EU can win back European sovereignty for the 21st century.
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