Sad commentary on the state of transatlantic relations

According to media reports President Donald Trump plans to withdraw roughly a third of the US troops stationed in Germany. How would you read this, does it has some rationale and from your perspective what does it tell us about the current state of transatlantic relations? Read few comments.

An M2A2 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle is driven off the US Vehicle Carrier ENDURANCE as a part of the Exercise DEFENDER-Europe 20 taht was interrupted by COVID-19 pandemics. Credit: NATO

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North Macedonia joins NATO. What does it mean for the Alliance and for Skopje?

Alliance is at 30. It is “only” a relatively small North Macedonía but still it is another enlargement for NATO. What does it mean for both sides, for the Alliance and for Montenegro, especially if we take into account current geopolitical situation? Read few comments.


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NATO Leaders Meeting: Is the Alliance in good shape?

It should be more or less a celebratory summit in London, they even don’t call this event a summit, its NATO Leaders meeting, but what do you expect from the Alliance gathering in terms of discussions? And while one of the aims is to show unity, having in one room Presidents Trump, Macron and Erdogan (and the others, of course), probably won’t add too much to unity, will it? Read few comments.


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NATO at 70: How that happened and what’s next

It’s birthday time for NATO as the Alliance was established on April 4, 1949. Taking into account that NATO was born in a very different era are you surprised that NATO celebrates 70th anniversary? Do you think that NATO will celebrate also 80th, or maybe even 100th anniversary, or perhaps not, and why? Read few comments.

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Does Bucharest Nine matter?

Meeting of Bucharest Nine (Poland, Czechia, Hungary, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Bulgaria) takes place in Kosice, Slovakia, representatives of nine countries but also NATO SecGen Jens Stoltenberg join this meeting. What kind of added value, if any, could such format bring into the debate about European security and defense? Read few comments.
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What will Trump do about NATO?

According to NY Times President Trump discussed pulling U.S. from NATO and Fox News Tucker Carlson (and I am pretty sure Trump watched this) asked if American kids get to die for Baltic states. Should Europe be worried about this, or not, and why? Read few comments.

What to expect from Trump at NATO summit?

Do  you think that President Donald Trump can cause some real headaches during the NATO summit, or there is a chance it will be less dramatic? Read few comments.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the President of the
United States of America, Donald Trump. Credit: http://www.nato.int

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How would you describe upcoming NATO summit?

In terms of initiatives that are on the table how would you assess the upcoming NATO summit, does it have an ambitious agenda or is it more about how NATO is mostly completing issues that we are dealing with for some time, or is it a bit of both, and why? Read few comments.

New NATO headquarter. Credit: https://www.nato.int/

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Will transatlantic relations continue to deteriorate?

Are Trump’s tariffs a reason for serious concerns regarding US-EU relations? Where are we heading, towards more confrontation with some political, security consequences or this is perhaps an exaggeration? Read few comments.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and US President Donald Trump. Credit: www.nato.int

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US military base in Poland: Will it happen?

Poland offers US up to $2bln for permanent military base Do you think the US might be really interested in this and, though we do not not much about the details, what would be the advantage of such installation from military, strategic point of view? (Predictably, Russian reaction is that it will make Poland a target).

The first M1A2 Abrams Tanks owned by 3rd Armor Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division touched ground in Swietozow, Poland, on January 10, 2017. Credit: https://www.army.mil/