Trump vs. EU: The dead end of the normative approach | European Council on Foreign Relations – Trump is relying on the nativist, nationalistic forces in European countries to deepen the splits within societies, and inevitably among Member States in the EU. His friendship with Nigel Farage was only the first case in point, with many more to follow. But the courting of some of the Eastern Member States can bring the long-sought after division in the EU. In the aftermath of the US withdrawal from the Iran deal, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced that Poland wanted to be an ‘informal go-between’ and to explain to EU members and US officials the positions of the other. His statement remained a one-off but was a dangerous signal that John Bolton’s efforts to undo the EU unity on the issue may be paying off. Poland’s and the Baltic states’ threat perceptions give the US military measures in the region high priority and are a good basis for creating a strategic East-West divide.
So, how can a divided EU, with an unstable Germany, a UK on its way out and renegade central eastern member states be of interest to the US?