Prospects and Limits of Transatlantic Cooperation
Transatlantic relations have soured over the last few years. The policies of recent years have contributed to a sharp decline in mutual trust. The change of administration in Washington, D.C. has been met with some relief in Europe and strengthened the hope for more international cooperation and coordination. The Biden administration has committed to revitalising America’s network of alliances, chiefly with Europe. However, is Europe ready to act and meet Washington’s expectations? While combatting climate change, countering authoritarian regimes, and supporting democracies globally might foster transatlantic allegiance, a closer look reveals persistent differences in policy approaches with regards to Russia and China. In the final stretch of Germany’s EU Council Presidency, an EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment has been concluded, causing irritations in Washington. On one hand, an anti-American sentiment from far-left to far-right in Europe undermines any attempts for a transatlantic rapprochement. On the other side of the pond, the widespread notion of US international overstretch, and Washington’s understanding of partnership in leadership, both limit the new space of transatlantic cooperation. This online seminar examined the prospects and limits of transatlantic cooperation and will try to raise public awareness of the importance of US-EU engagement.