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Transatlantic Jostling; USMCA Campaign; Rebalancing Global Contributions

Transatlantic Jostling The Trump administration’s move to tighten sanctions on Cuba concurrently is aimed at Europe. U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton has proclaimed measures against a “Troika of Tyranny”- Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua. However, Cuba is a more certain target because of its perceived physical attacks on American diplomats. If, as expected, the Trump administration sanctions foreign companies doing business in Cuba that involves assets seized decades ago by the Castro regime, it will largely be hurting European entities. The move is analogous to the extraterritorial attacks on European businesses in Iran and gets added to the transatlantic tit-for-tat involving trade barriers, taxes on digital comp...

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