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November 4th, 2020

US presidential election: The view from Europe

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November 4th, 2020

US presidential election: The view from Europe

0 comments | 38 shares

Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

As the results come in for the 2020 US presidential election, we will be compiling a selection of comments from European academics, journalists and other experts on this page. If you would like to have a short comment included, please email the Managing Editor at europpblog@lse.ac.uk

4 November

Nicholas Vinocur at Politico argues that regardless of the outcome of the election, Europe and the US are drifting apart in their approach to technology. From 5G security to Europe’s plans for digital taxes and the collapse of a transatlantic data protection agreement, the two sides have fundamentally different approaches and a Biden presidency would be unlikely to change this.

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Uri Dadush and Guntram B. Wolff at Bruegel have also previously looked at how the US election may affect US-EU trade relations. They argue that while a Biden win would be unlikely to herald a quick return to comprehensive trade talks with the European Union, there would be areas for EU/US cooperation, not least World Trade Organization reform.

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What would a Biden win mean for US-EU trade policy? Sam Lowe at the Centre for European Reform argues that Europeans “should not kid themselves that Biden is a European in disguise. There will be plenty of transatlantic disagreements ahead; and Biden’s priority will be the interests of the US and its voters, not the promotion of freer transatlantic trade.”

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Alongside the presidential elections and the elections to the House and Senate, several states have put proposals to legalise medical and recreational cannabis use on the ballot. The LSE’s USAPP blog previously ran an article on how US cannabis policy might change after today.

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Davide Angelucci, Lorenzo De Sio, Morris P. Fiorina and Mark N. Franklin previously wrote for EUROPP on the challenges facing Donald Trump in his bid for re-election. Drawing on a recent survey, they identified a lack of divisive issues on which Trump could win more support from independents and Democrats than he stood to lose from his own support-base, while on issues for which goals are widely shared, Trump lacked credibility compared to Joe Biden.

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Our colleagues at the LSE’s American Politics and Policy (USAPP) blog have been pulling an all-nighter to run a live blog on the election in association with the LSE US Centre.


Note: Featured image credit: Dave Lawler (CC BY-SA 2.0)


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