Two years after the election of Donald Trump as president of the US, his administration will face its first major political test at the ballot box. The midterms will offer insight into whether Trump’s 2016 election and extraordinary conduct in office represents a unique phenomenon or a deeper underlying shift in America’s politics and economy, as well as its relationship with the world. The panel will provide an analysis of the midterm elections and their implications for the policies of the US for the next two years, as well as a half-time report on the Trump government’s political course, its achievements, failures and prospects, and in particular consider how the transatlantic relationship will develop.
- What do the results of the midterm elections indicate about Trump’s prospects for re-election?
- How should the first two years of the Trump administration be viewed?
- What should America’s allies in Europe expect from the US over the next two years?
- Can Trump be influenced by international partners? How might European states seek to nudge his policies in different directions?
- What are the consequences of Trump’s style of politics for US democracy and global politics in the longer term?