The Value of Central Europe on Donald Trump’s Map: Cooperation and Divergence on Regional Issues (2)

The Value of Central Europe on Donald Trump’s Map: Cooperation and Divergence on Regional Issues (2)
2020-01-23 KKI
Analysis by Benjámin Baksa, Benedek Pál, Áron Szászi and Gergely Varga

Under the Trump administration relations between the US and Central European countries has significantly improved, while disagreements between the EU in general and Washington have widened. Some of the most significant strategic challenges which Europeans and the US both have to tackle and have emerged on the transatlantic agenda in recent years are regional issues, such as the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, the question of NATO and EU enlargement, and in the Middle East the Iranian nuclear deal and the Israeli Palestinian conflict. While the polices of the V4 countries in these regional issues often support US position, the real positive impact of this support on US strategic objectives is sometimes very limited due to a number of factors.

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