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Transatlantic Ties in Turbulence: the Trump Presidency Test
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2019 (English)In: The Swedish Network for European Studies Spring Conference 2019, 2019Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Relations across the Atlantic have weathered many storms since the end of World War II. A Cold War has come and gone, internal and external challenges appeared and faced, colored by the political leadership at the time. Yet as Europe-U.S. relations have continued to transform and adapt, fears have been raised that the most recent U.S. election is causing tension serious enough to upend the very foundation on which the transatlantic partnership rests. For example, Donald Trump’s unilateralist and protectionist rhetoric, conveyed in remarkable confrontational manner stand in stark contrast with his predecessor Barack Obama’s multilateral approach to solving global problems. However, can the advent of one U.S. president singlehandedly threaten the relationship which has prevailed for over 70 years? While possible ramifications have yet to fully form after only two years in office, a closer look at the current president’s verbal actions so far can however provide insight. With basis in a constructivist approach, this paper provides a content analysis of public statements relating to Europe by U.S. presidents from the 1960s and onwards with the aim of capturing the U.S. narrative surrounding the transatlantic relationship expressed over time. Results indicate that the image of a wronged, unfairly treated U.S., particularly when it comes to trade and security, is the most prevalent in Donald Trump’s antagonism towards Europe, but also that similar arguments have appeared before.

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2019.
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Political Science
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Social Sciences, Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-81905OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-81905DiVA, id: diva2:1304581
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The Swedish Network for European Studies (SNES) Spring Conference 2019, Växjö, April 11-12, 2019.
Available from: 2019-04-12 Created: 2019-04-12 Last updated: 2019-05-07Bibliographically approved

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