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Professor Tim Bale, When Theresa meets Donald: A geopolitical odd couple with big implications for the West


When Theresa May becomes the first world leader to meet with President Trump in the Oval Office, the two will have much in common to discuss. British political observers say that the sort of transatlantic warmth exhibited at the height of the Cold War is unlikely with this duo because of a fundamental mismatch in worldviews. Their approach toward Vladimir Putin’s Russia is just one glaring example. “The problem is that Ronnie and Maggie had a common enemy in the Soviet Union and world communism,” said Tim Bale, a politics professor at Queen Mary University of London.
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