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How a second Trump term could destroy NATO

By John Gustavsson

22 Aug 2023 · 6 min read

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  1. A second term for Donald Trump could have devastating consequences for Ukraine and potentially lead to the end of NATO, as Trump has been critical of American support for Ukraine's war effort.

A second term for Donald Trump—the prospect of which cannot be ignored—would likely have devastating consequences for Ukraine. Trump has been highly critical of American support for the war effort, without which Ukraine would likely lose. But there’s an even more serious consequence of U.S. abandonment of Ukraine: the end of NATO.

To understand how that could happen, you have to understand European federalism, an ideology that has nothing in common with what Americans call federalism: While American federalism emphasizes the value and necessity of local government, European federalism calls for the centralization of power in the hands of the EU. It strives to transform Europe into a federation in which national governments are nothing more than regional authorities tasked with carrying out Brussels’ directives. This vision is popularly known as the “United States of Europe.”

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