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  1. 1 in 3 Europeans say US can’t be trusted: Poll – POLITICO WWW.POLITICO.EU More than 60 percent of those surveyed said the American political system is broken. Every third European now believes that it's not possible to trust the USA as an allied partner and more than 60 percent of Europeans consider the US political system as “completely” or “somewhat broken.” According to the poll, Germans were the most negative. Of those, 53% now consider that the USA is an unreliable partner. Politico reports that 81% of Britons, 71% of Germans and 66% of the French people said the US system is broken. The poll also showed that most Europeans believes that China will become more powerful than the USA within 10 years and that they want their countries and Europe to stay neutral in a potential conflict between USA and China. 15 000 people in 11 European countries participated in the European Council's foreign policy survey which was conducted in November 2020 shortly after the US presidential election.
  2. Donald Trump threatens with punitive tariffs against EU and France following the approval in the French parliament of a 3% digital services tax on internet giants like Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple. So why this strong response from the US and Donald Trump? I think it’s because of two main reasons: Firstly, and the most obvious reason IMO, is because the US political establishment is heavily influenced by corporate lobbyists – TBH the whole US political discourse has been profoundly corporatized in recent decades – and that includes lobbying from the US tech sector. Just see this article from the Guardian on how the tech industry now dominates the US lobbying industry. Secondly, these tech giants are a central part of the extensive and global spy network that the US government manage against both its enemies and allies. Leaks have for example shown how NSA's top-secret spy program Prism has direct access to Google Apple and Facebook servers. Obviously, any perceived threats against these tech giants cannot be tolerated by the US government – Trump’s response is just his usually blunt honesty/stupidity.
  3. In an interview with CBS News and ahead of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, US President Donald Trump said that he thinks "the European Union is a foe". Read the full story here: "I think the European Union is a foe," Trump says ahead of Putin meeting in Helsinki This certainly doesn't bode well for future US-EU relations. Maybe it's true what Germany's Chancellor, Angela Merkel, said last year, that Europe can no longer rely on America?
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