President Obama has played a key role in stabilizing Greece’s economy by convincing European leaders to offer debt relief, among other measures. Expectations for Obama’s visit to Greece, scheduled for Tuesday, shifted dramatically after November eighth. With his legacy soon to be in shambles, Obama’s international political capital plummeted, leaving European countries hungry for another supportive power. Greece is attempting to secure debt relief before President-elect Trump takes office in next January.
Trump’s isolationist, “America first” ideology is worrisome to countries that rely on the United State’s international clout, military prowess, and economic resources. With Brexit, the EU is no longer prioritizing Greece’s economic woes either. Trump has suggested Russia could fill the power vacuum left by a US withdrawal from international affairs.
“We have enough problems,” he said, adding that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia could ride in “to save the day if Germany doesn’t.”
How much of an effect can a change in leadership really impact the global stage? Is a Trump presidency an event with the ability to uniquely disturb global politics, or is it just one more drop of the perfect storm?
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