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Trans-atlantic cooperation whether in a Trump or Clinton administration

Euronews – Sophie Claudet

“Donald Trump says that NATO is obsolete, that it is not equipped to fight terrorism. Any thoughts on that?”

Mario Del Pero – Researcher on Transatlantic Relations

“Well Trump has said what many in reality think… NATO is in a way obsolete. It has been so since 1991, it has been in search of a mission and of a rationale since then. If we look at the many NATO strategic concepts elaborated over time, they tend to be very rich in platitudes and less so in substance. One could say that the Ukranian crisis has somehow reinvigorated NATO by reaffirming its primary mission, namely US political and diplomatic before the military support to European countries and to many frail European democracies. At the same time, once again, the Ukranian crisis has produced divisions within Europe and within NATO. That’s the main variable we now have to deal with.”

Euronews – Sophie Claudet

“Let’s now turn to Hillary Clinton, she still believes in NATO but do you think she’ll be more demanding of her allies?”

Mario Del Pero – Researcher on Transatlantic Relations

“Now the main issue here is again Russia. In the electoral campaign, Clinton and many of her advisors have taken strong anti-Russian positions. Now, this emphasis on Russia places Europe back again at the centre of America’s geopolitical interest but somehow imposes a new role on Europe and especially to some European powers and, I think of Germany primarily which has somehow to mediate between Russia and the US and perhaps even contain some excessive American pressure on that score.”

Euronews – Sophie Claudet

“Let’s now turn to trade and particularly to TTIP. Obama won’t have time to push for it, Trump would kill it. Clinton is going back on her word that she supports this particular agreement. Some European countries as you know are completely against it. So is TTIP dead?”

Mario Del Pero – Researcher on Transatlantic Relations

“The TTIP lies in a comatose state, that’s for sure, although we can not yet declare its final death. Now, Hillary Clinton has taken an anti-free-trade stance during the campaign but mainly out of political and electoral convenience. So one can imagine that, once in the White House, she will return to the more pro-free-trade positions of the past. Given the current political climate in the US and in Europe as well, I assume she will do so silently, quietly and slowly.”

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