Europe and the 2012 American Elections

David Schultz


European elections in 2012 could bode significant change across the continent. Yet on 6 November 2012, the United States will hold national elections that could have a major impact upon Europe. This article describes the current state of American politics and what the 2012 elections signal for that country’s future. Two claims are made. First, regardless of the election results, there will be significant continuity in American foreign policy, but different election scenarios could produce important changes in domestic policy that have international consequences. Second, regardless of the election, the United States faces certain long term challenges that will impact it internationally.


United States; elections; President; Congress; Europe; foreign policy

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