2013: a fateful year

Security issues will test transatlantic co-operation, though the prospects for a free-trade deal look good.

The year ahead promises both challenges and opportunities for transatlantic relations. Afghanistan and Syria pose new tests for NATO. The looming confrontation with Iran over its nuclear weapons programme could fray the Alliance’s solidarity. But 2013 may also be the year that Washington and Brussels begin the integration of the world’s two largest economies. The next 12 months could prove to be consequential for both security and economic ties between Europe and the United States.

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