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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

With ‘Brexit,’ Washington’s Direct Line to the Continent Suddenly Frays

 

With ‘Brexit,’ Washington’s Direct Line to the Continent Suddenly Frays

By DAVID E. SANGER
JUNE 27, 2016
American officials struggling to reimagine their strategy after Britain’s decision to divorce the European Union say the most urgent challenge will be to find a way to replace their most reliable, sympathetic partner in the hallways of European capitals. It will not be easy.
No country shares Washington’s worldview quite the way Britain does, they say; it has long been the United States’ most willing security ally, most effective intelligence partner and greatest enthusiast of the free-trade mantras that have been a keystone of America’s internationalist approach. And few nations were as willing to put a thumb as firmly on the scales of European debates in ways that benefit the United States.http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/27/world/europe/john-kerry-brexit-european-union.html?_r=1

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