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John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY NATALIE NOUGAYREDE IN THE GUARDIAN

“After a year of Trump, good news for Europe – he doesn’t care about us”

I have news for Ms. Nougayrède, virtually no one in America cares about Europe.

Anyone who actually knows something about America and its attitudes knows there is close to zero curiosity or interest in Europe, its leaders, its problems, and its institutions.

The only interest in Europe found in Washington’s corridors of power is in keeping Europe occupied through the mechanism of NATO and in keeping it from forming new bonds that might threaten some new independence from Washington.

So long as the EU follows America’s lead, which it does today in all really consequential matters, then the EU is just fine.

The moment it does not, it is not fine.

Average Americans, it might surprise some Europeans, care and know nothing of Europe, except as a two-week vacation destination for upper middle-class people.

Most Americans are navel gazers who regard America as the only place that counts for almost anything.

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