… and the Rest of the World: Americans and Others

Loukas Tsoukalis

in What Kind of Europe?

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780199279487
Published online October 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602979 | DOI:
 … and the Rest of the World: Americans and Others

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This chapter examines the relationships of the European Union with the United States and the rest of the world, focusing on trade policies, preferential trade agreements with various countries, and common foreign and security policy (CFSP). It argues that the EU remains a political dwarf despite being an economic giant. European political cooperation in the form of the CFSP was aimed at paving the transition to an international political role. However, many Europeans were not ready to accept the consequences for national sovereignty, and failed to agree on how the CFSP would operate in the context of the Atlantic alliance. Deepening integration and rapid changes in the external environment could accelerate the pace.

Keywords: Europe; integration; European Union; United States; international relations; trade policy; trade agreements

Chapter.  10300 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: European Union

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