Dr. Daniel S. HAMILTON
This year’s edition of the Munich Security Conference, the main international event in the month of February and the last with direct participation before the COVID-19 pandemic being fully acknowledged, was defining for the way Europeans and Americans see the world and the transatlantic relationship. The setting of the stage (the event focused on „Westlesness”), the American and European representation (Great Britain absent and Germany not represented by its chancellor) and the views exposed led to a couple of conclusions. Firstly, the US focus on the great power competition and its calls to the European allies to join it against China, in exchange for reassurances on the transatlantic bond. Secondly, the lack of EU unity and cohesion (the only representative leader was Emmanuel Macron, who presented a vision of Europe that was more French than European) that could translate into an even weaker European voice on the international stage, especially after UK leaving the Union.