In a globalized and multipolar atmosphere characterized by economic domination-seeking efforts the growing differences between Europe and the US on the one hand, and an increase in Washington’s hostilities toward Beijing and Moscow, on the other, are inevitably laying the groundwork for a second Cold War. The world currently faces a new Cold War over trade triggered by tensions between China and the US, describing as perilous Washington’s trade policies toward Beijing. The real risk now is that entering into a Cold War between China and the United States all the countries, including Europe, come out losing. This open trade war will be economic suicide for the whole world. It is quite simply stupid. In fact, the international community is currently witnessing attempts by Donald Trump to shape his latest political behavior in the international arena through an ongoing effort to launch a second Cold War. This new round of Cold War has already been started by the US with the Trump administration adopting the populistic and nationalistic America First policy, declaring a trade war on all its trade partners, resorting to sanctions towards countries that are against its strategies, deploying more nuclear weapons in Europe and pulling the US out of the INF. The widening gap between the world powers on the two sides of the Atlantic Ocean has, at present, become noticeable more than ever. This claim is backed up by by French President Emmanuel Macron’s reemphasis on forming a united European army and the necessity of standing against US unilateral policies and, more importantly, German Chancellor Angela Merkel voicing strong support for him. Chinese President Xi Jinping has also harshly lambasted egocentric US economic policies, calling on the world to unite against it. In addition, Moscow is on its toes to react duly in the face of Washington’s belligerent policies following the US threat of a unilateral withdrawal from the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia, dating from the Cold War, that has kept nuclear missiles out of Europe for three decades, and the plan by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to deploy more US nuclear weapons in Europe. The US has become isolated in the international community. The most important feature of the present Cold War is that a united Europe has lined up against the US, putting up a global front characterized by multilateralism in the face of US unilateralism. China along with Russia, is capable of dealing severe military and economic blows to the US. The second Cold War launched by the US is actually aimed at compelling other states to pay ransom to Washington. The US is no longer a global superpower and sees its political influence over the international community waning.
The widening gap between the world powers on the two sides of the Atlantic Ocean has, at present, become noticeable more than ever.