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Europe Has No Clue How to Handle an American Bully

| May 02, 2018

Germany, France, and the U.K. all tried sucking up to Trump. They ended up helping kill the Iran deal.

If the United States tears up the Iran nuclear deal — the multilateral agreement that is currently making it impossible for Iran to acquire nuclear weapons — it will be more than just a typical Trumpian blunder or evidence of the continued influence of the hard-line wing of the Israel lobby and its Saudi and Gulf Arab counterparts. It will also be another sign of Europe's strategic irrelevance, and its leaders' collective inability to either stand up to the United States or alter its thinking on an issue of paramount importance....

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For Academic Citation: Walt, Stephen M.“Europe Has No Clue How to Handle an American Bully.” Foreign Policy, May 2, 2018.

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Stephen Walt