Analysis by Benedek Pál, Áron Szászi, Gergely Varga
Under the Trump administration, relations between the US and Central European countries have improved significantly, while disagreements between the EU and Washington have deepened. Some of the most significant sources of tension between Brussels and Washington have been connected to the Trump administration’s economic polices, especially on trade, energy and climate policy. While political relations between the US and the V4 have improved, an examination of the polices of the V4 countries in these economic issues provides a complex picture of the similarities and differences among the V4 and in relation to US policy objectives. These policy differences limit how much the US administration can rely on the V4 in its disputes with the EU.