EU – NATO Relations

Velina Tchakarova, Sofia Maria Satanakis: EU – NATO Relations: Enhanced Cooperation Amidst Increased Uncertainty, AIES Fokus 4/2020



Since 1949, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has been the main framework for European security based on the principle of collective defence. Despite occasional tensions between some of the European NATO members and US President Donald Trump in recent years, the cooperation between the European Union (EU) and NATO has been deepened with unprecedented speed and scope on an institutional level, which has an overall stabilizing effect on the transatlantic relationship. Under the Trump administration, the USA has increased contributions to the Alliance, proving that European members have not lost their importance to Washington.

Against this background, the paper seeks to present an overall view of the latest trends and developments considering the Transatlantic Alliance, as well as potential implications on the future cooperation between the EU and NATO under the impact of the Covid-19 virus outbreak.

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