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Ferdinando Giugliano

U.S. Leaves the Door to Europe Wide Open for China

The pandemic could mark a watershed moment in the EU's relationship with the wider world.

Is aid the tie that binds?

Is aid the tie that binds?

Photographer: Ulrich Baumgarten

The ties that bind the U.S. and Europe date back in earnest to the Second World War, when America came to the rescue of Europe both militarily and financially, setting up a partnership that would last for 75 years. But as both powers struggle with the coronavirus pandemic, their most severe crisis since the war, this relationship doesn’t look as strong as it once did.

While the U.S. keeps its focus on fighting the disease at home, China has continued offering aid to Europe, extending its influence through a mixture of soft power and propaganda. When the crisis subsides, the U.S. may find that its greatest ally has drifted further away from its sphere of influence.