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Trump’s Gift to Europe

At a recent conference in France, a number of Europeans surprised their American guests by arguing that President Donald Trump might be good for Europe. With Trump returning to Europe for the G20 summit in Hamburg, it's worth asking whether they are right.

OXFORD – At a recent conference in France, a number of Europeans surprised their American guests by arguing that US President Donald Trump might be good for Europe. With Trump returning to Europe for the G20 summit in Hamburg, it’s worth asking whether they are right.

By most accounts, Trump’s presidency has been terrible for Europe. He seems to disdain the European Union. His relationship with German Chancellor Angela Merkel is cool in comparison to his friendship with Turkey’s authoritarian president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, or his admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin.


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