July 10, 2016

Europe still has love for America

Special to Politico

At the gathering of NATO leaders in Warsaw, security issues were often overshadowed by domestic turmoil on both sides of the Atlantic. During his final summit of the military Alliance, U.S. President Barack Obama had to address violent incidents in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Texas, as his European counterparts struggled with an ongoing crisis of confidence that has unnerved politicians across the Continent.

The Brexit vote and the rise of populist parties — stoked by a combination of economic woes, skepticism of multiculturalism, and frustration with a distant Brussels bureaucracy — have frightened elites. But even as they question the European project and the political status quo, average citizens in Europe still largely embrace one key pillar of the post-World War II order: the transatlantic relationship with the United States. Rising public anger, it seems, has not led to a return of anti-Americanism.

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