“‘Whether that’s in economics or trade or foreign policy or defense, there is a sense that, “well, you’ve been gone for a while, so you can’t just come back and assume your seat at the head of the table. Things have moved on, and we have to create space for European leadership,”‘ said Rachel Ellehuus, a former U.S. Defense Department official now at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a think tank. ‘And I think this could play out even in a NATO context…'”

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