This policy outlook examines the EU’s handling of the emerging competition between the US and China and aims to analyse how transatlantic relations may be influenced by this competition.

Muhammed Lütfi Türkcan 02 September 2020

This policy outlook examines the EU’s handling of the emerging competition between the US and China and aims to analyse how transatlantic relations may be influenced by this competition. In the face of increasing US pressure and China’s growing influence in the region, the EU has set out to achieve strategic autonomy in order to avoid being squeezed between the two. Owing to external and internal challenges and China’s wedge strategy, the EU appears to have so far failed in its bid to develop collective defence and security policies. Additionally, both transatlantic relations and NATO may become less relevant if the US directs its full attention to the Asia-Pacific, requiring the EU to take on more direct responsibility for its security.

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