During the first round of votes in the European Parliament, MEPs focused on foreign relations, while the legislative debate will resume after the summer. In particular, MEPs cast their votes on the EU’s approach towards the Venezuela crisis, an European Magnitisky Act and the crisis on the US-Mexico border. Notably, the side advocating for a tougher approach vis-à-vis all three seemed to get the upper hand. Continue Reading
If you think that 2016 was a dynamic year politically-wise, wait until you see the new year unfolding. The changes that will take place in the US and Europe will gradually reshape the currents of opinion globally and hence the patterns of international relations. Geo-political realignments will affect world governance, trade, businesses, economies and societies. Continue Reading
Donald Trump is now president-elect, which means he is no longer playing a character. At least not the one that he thought was needed to play in order to gain the votes. Now, he has to act according to a different script.
The United States are a stable democracy with strong institutions which keep each other in check. Hence, we should not expect sudden dramatic developments. In order to forecast what the US policies will actually be during the next 4 years, we have to wait and see what the agreements between Trump and Republican majorities in Congress will be. Continue Reading
This commentary is written on the flight back to Brussels from Washington DC with just a day to go before the start of the vote on the most controversial American presidential elections ever. Over the past week, I have talked to relevant American experts and European professionals based in the US. I have also exchanged views on the future of Europe and of the Trans-Atlantic relations during a panel debate at the King’s College in New York and during meetings in Washington DC. Continue Reading
Nevada, United States – Last night, precincts in Nevada finished counting their votes with a surprising revelation, Donald Trump has won the Nevada Caucus. What seemed to be a farfetched idea has suddenly started to become a reality. Donald J. Trump is quickly sweeping the Republican field. Winning nearly twice as many votes as Marco Rubio, the real estate billionaire is winning in states that experts predicted him losing in or, at the very least, winning by a thin margin. Continue Reading
New Hampshire, United States – On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders came out with a major win over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. After an extremely narrow loss in Iowa last week, the Vermont senator won by over 20 points in New Hampshire.
On the Republican side, Donald Trump emerged victorious with about 35% of the vote and taking 10 delegates to the Republican National Convention this summer. Continue Reading
Iowa, United States – Americans have just received news from the first major caucus on the road to Election Day in November. People have been anxiously awaiting these results due to it being a major milestone in the race.
Here is what was learned last night. Ted Cruz finally knocked down Republican frontrunner, Donald Trump. Cruz came in at 28% support while Trump came in at 24%. This marks the first time another Republican candidate has overtaken Trump significantly. Marco Rubio came in third place with about 23% support. Trump no longer has the significant lead on the rest of the candidates that he thought he had. His attacks on other candidates may increase in strength now that he sees them as a threat. He began attacking Cruz for being a Canadian-born American recently because he was beginning to gain a lot of support.
by Matthew Saliman & Vladimir Vasilev
The 2016 presidential election is not the most popular topic among Europeans right now, when issues like the refugee crisis, the terrorist threats, Brexit, and climate change are more prominent concerns. Even with the TTIP agreement being debated in EU institutions, Europeans still feel the US elections as a distant process. Continue Reading