The US plan to exit the INF Treaty and the creation of a European Army
US President Donald J. Trump’s late October announcement that Washington intends to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) with Russia, coupled with his personal distaste for arms control treaties and multilateral agreements, his interest in massive arms sales (especially to the autocratic Middle Eastern monarchies) and his perceived efforts to undermine NATO and the European Union (EU), have deepened the rift between Washington and Brussels and have prompted Europe to take steps toward the creation of a joint European army.
A divide in the Atlanticist front
The division between the European Union (centered on Germany and France) and the US under Trump came to light through a mutual reproachment that ironically followed commemoration ceremonies for the 100th anniversary of World War I in Paris.
US-Russia ties: what should we take from the Trump-Putin meeting?
Trump and Putin met on the 16th of July in Helsinki. The meeting was held amidst a complex political background: just several days after the NATO summit (where Trump criticized Germany for collaboration with Russia) and his visit to UK, where he tried to establish the new anglo-saxon economical axis, including criticizing Theresa May’s lack of commitment to fulfilling the terms of Brexit negotiations.
The stumbling blocks of NATO
A meeting of NATO Heads of State and Government was held on Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 July 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.