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. https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2019/02/18/dispatch-from-munich-the-trans-atlantic-rift-persists-amid-weaknesses-on-both-sides/
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DISPATCH FROM MUNICH: THE TRANS-ATLANTIC RIFT PERSISTS AMID WEAKNESSES ON BOTH SIDES
Last year’s Munich Security Conference left most participants deeply depressed. It was devoid of leadership (with a limited U.S. presence a year into the Trump administration, the absence of the stalwart Senator John McCain due to his failing health, and no German Chancellor Angela Merkel ahead of elections), dynamism, or big ideas about how to solve the global challenges confronting the trans-Atlantic alliance. Perhaps buoyed by this year’s warm sunshine or distracted by foosball competitions, the mood was more pragmatic: Participants seemed resigned to the reality of the Trump administration and resolved to press ahead with business. AMANDA SLOAT READ MORE