Trump 2.0: How Should the EU Approach an Isolationist America?


In February 2024, Program Director Teresa Eder moderated a discussion with Max Bergmann, Jana Puglierin, and Steven Everts on what a second Trump administration would mean for transatlanticists and the EU.

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Trump 2.0: How should the EU approach an isolationist America? - Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union

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The 2024 US presidential election will be closely watched. After all, the potential return of Donald Trump to the White House would have a significant effect on Europe’s security dynamics with profound implications for the European Union. This is raising some uncomfortable questions.

A new policy brief by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), commissioned by the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union, explores how European transatlanticists should approach such a scenario.

This online discussion addressed the following questions: How would a Trump 2.0 administration differ from the first and what would the implications be for Europe? How could the EU strategically engage with a more isolationist administration, particularly in the context of the NATO alliance and war in Ukraine? In the face of a changing transatlantic landscape, how can the EU assert itself as a proactive player in international relations and contribute to global security efforts?

Opening remarks by Jan Philipp Albrecht, President, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung

Discussion with: Max Bergmann, Director of the Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program, Center for Strategic & International studies (CSIS), author of the policy brief; Jana Puglierin, Head and Senior Policy Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) Berlin; Steven Everts, Director, EU Institute for Security Studies (EUISS)

Moderator: Teresa Eder, Program Director Foreign & Security Policy, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Washington, DC