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A helpless and pitiful giant?

The source of the EU's vulnerability before the US lies in three strategic mistakes made over the last 30 years by the Europeans

Illustration by Ajay Mohanty

Illustration by Ajay Mohanty

Claude Smadja
European leaders are frustrated and mystified by Donald Trump, very angry and terrified by him and his seemingly uncontrollable anti-European outbursts, his wrecking of more than 70 years of North Atlantic collaboration. At the same time when push comes to shove they are more or less helpless against him.

Of course, the official message from Brussels is that the meeting last week between Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Union (EU) Commission, and the US president was quite successful, mentioning a pledge by the US to hold off on tariffs on cars built in the EU — so a sword of
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First Published: Jul 30 2018 | 12:39 AM IST

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