The EU-US relations were the basis upon which global institutions were built at the end of World War II, they permitted the creation of the United Nations, of the World Trade Organization, and of the North-Atlantic Treaty Organisation... they forged the framework still used to regulate international relations. The US has developed diplomatic relations with Europe ever since 1953, and then it established a formal delegation to the European Communities in 1961 while a European mission was in Washington to represent it in its dealing with the US government since 1954. Founded on a strong common history, US-EU relations embodied stability and mutual assistance during the Cold War, but they appear today in jeopardy. Changes of condition in the transatlantic relationship have been a recurrent point of focus for the media over the last few years.
[...] The EU and the US are global powers and they have responsibilities toward people of others countries. Together, they represent 80% of the global aids to development and 40% of the global exchanges. The only way to assume those responsibilities is to work in cooperation and dialogue. The sharing of intelligence is essential in the fight against terrorism. Global warming can't be overcome without an agreement involving both the EU and the US. And then, the international organizations have to be reformed WTO ) and that cannot be without negotiations and mutual efforts. The strength of [...]
[...] Cold War made Europe the centre of US preoccupation and its main concern was to preserve it from any Communist invasion. However, today it assumes the EU is able to look after itself regarding peace, stability and economic prosperity; it dedicates itself to other regions of the world and being a superpower it doesn't want to bother with time-consuming dialogue with its allies. The end of the bilateral era was also the end of a special kind of EU-US relationship, which needs to readjust itself now, but that isn't well defined yet. [...]
[...] The long-lasting history of relations between the EU and the US may allow us to hope for reconciliation and even for an improvement of the transatlantic cooperation. Several points remain bedrock that even the deep crisis couldn't destroy. Actually, the EU and the US haven't got any other partner able to replace it and aren't close to find. Taken together, exchanges of good and services represent the first bilateral exchanges in the world. Economies are extremely dependent on one another, and this interaction is highly beneficial to the EU, which had a positive commercial balance of about one hundred billion euros in 2006 and highly necessary to the US which has to imports a lot of European goods and services to satisfy its domestic consumption. [...]
[...] The conception of the means to fight terrorism became of sensitive issue since two sets of values oppose each other. Europe tends more to use of soft power, the good combination of influence, with political, economic, judiciary and humanitarian means to avoid any military conflict. On the opposite, the US is far more eager to threaten to use and actually use the stick” and launch the against terror”. An easy example is the evolution of the Iraq crisis until the beginning of the war. [...]
[...] The equilibrium of terror of the Cold War was a framework from which it was impossible to escape and so not even conceivable. Moreover, the US and the EU were already tied by a strong commercial relationship and the common will to exchange good and services led to numerous economic agreements developing free trade. A. The end of the bilateral war logic loosens EU-US links Until 1989, the relationship was rather easy, but with the disappearance of the core enemy, internal dissentions woke up and old problematic issues came in full view. [...]
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