The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), in cooperation with various institutions in different countries, published the Transatlantic Trends 2023 report on Tuesday. This is a survey of public opinion in 14 countries on how people on both sides of the Atlantic want their governments to react to the war in Ukraine, the management of relations with China and Russia, and the role of NATO and the European Union. Portugal reintegrates this evaluation, with the support of the Luso-American Development Foundation.

The 2023 edition of Transatlantic Trends reveals stability in perceptions of power among the North American and European populations compared to the 2022 report. The US continues to be seen as the most influential global power. The majority of respondents on both sides of the Atlantic believe that the relationship between the US and Europe will continue to strengthen over the next five years. However, the study points to a division of opinion regarding the US and China as to which country will be the most influential player in the world in five years’ time. At the same time, China is not seen as a security challenge.

Portugal stands out as one of the countries in which there is the greatest consensus on the Portuguese government’s financial support for the reconstruction of Ukraine and as one of the countries in which respondents have the greatest confidence in the European Union’s management of conflicts. Portuguese respondents are also among those who view the US influence in global affairs most positively.

This report, promoted by the GMF, is the result of a survey of public opinion in 14 countries. Portugal is once again included in this year’s edition as a result of FLAD’s support for this study. The full document is now available on the website of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and can be consulted for free at the following link:

Transatlantics Trends 2023 will be presented on September 27 at 6pm in FLAD’s auditorium by Gesine Weber, Fellow of the German Marshall Fund. Pedro Magalhães, a researcher at Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa (ICS), and Raquel Vaz Pinto, a researcher at Instituto Português de Relações Internacionais da Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (IPRI), discuss the results of the survey and the challenges facing Portugal and the transatlantic relationship. Free entry, subject to confirmation of attendance at