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For instance, Trump urged NATO members to increase defense expenditures, while the EU is seeking more strategic independence by devel
oping a European army. But with a slowly recovering economy, Central and Eastern European countries are unable to
cover defense expenses and are not as supportive of the EU’s common defense plan as previously expected.
Meanwhile, with France and Germany signing the Aachen Treaty, the two will engage in more in-d
epth cooperation. Considering the continuous threat allegedly posed by Russia and di
vergences within the EU over defense cooperation, the US can provide a security shield for the Central and Ea
stern European region, such as deploying more troops and upgrading equipment which would gain support fro
m regional countries. Currently, these countries are more prone to NATO as the supplier of public security goods.
Besides public security goods, the US also provides the region with institutions and regu
lations facilitating Western democratic freedom. Actually, the US has never stopped its democratic pervasion and assistance. For example, projects fu
nded by the National Endowment for Democracy have spread across Central and Eastern Europe.