The US midterm elections and their impacts on the country and Europe

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Abstract

[Autom. eng. transl.] On November 6, midterm elections were held in the United States for the renewal of the House of Representatives, part of the Senate, an important number of governmental seats and an even greater number of "minor" positions. Against the expectations of many observers, the elections were not marked by the expected "mass" success of the Democratic Party (the so-called "blue wave"). In contrast, the Republican Party strengthened its Senate majority and President Trump its position within the party. Despite the scenario of "divided government", the White House does not seem, therefore, to have lost the margins of action it has enjoyed until now, also because the break between democrats and republicans is, in daily practice, much less rigid than in theory. The new structure of the Congress will therefore not be without repercussions but, from the administration side, these appear, after all, manageable. Few things seem to change even in the field of relations with Europe. The issue has attracted little attention during the electoral campaign and the new Congress appears to have little interest in changing this state of affairs. However, the issue of transatlantic relations (which currently seem to be going through a phase of structural difficulty) occupies a significant place in Washington's international agenda and cannot but be addressed in the near future also in light of the 2020 election for which the games seem to have already started.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOsservatorio Strategico [CeMiSS] - 2018/02
Pages8-11
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • US Political Elections

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