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US-EU ties: When a kiss is just a kiss

The deal that came out of Trump-Juncker meeting is at best a commercial armistice. It also signals a rebuff of Chinese overtures to the Europeans to join forces against the US.

LONDON • Heads are still spinning from Mr Donald Trump's latest political somersault. The US President only recently returned from a disastrous tour of Europe, a trip during which he berated the European Union as a "foe" and even hinted that he may pull US troops from Europe.

Yet out of the blue last week, and after just a brief meeting with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Mr Trump completely changed his mind, proclaiming instead that the US and the EU are now "back on track", about to forge a beautiful partnership.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 30, 2018, with the headline 'US-EU ties: When a kiss is just a kiss'. Print Edition | Subscribe