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A sign inscribed "Headquarters United States Forces Europe" is at the entrance of the US Barracks Patch Barracks

Departing U.S. troops leave tough questions behind

President Donald Trump has finally announced a long-discussed redeployment of some American forces in Europe, mainly from Germany to Italy and Belgium. Wielded as a “punishment" by the U.S. administration, the move is less consequential from an immediate military perspective than critics and the media would admit. But it does raise key strategic questions for both Germany and the European Union, calling for a rethinking of the continent’s geopolitical and military future.  

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