Continental Divide? The Transience of Transatlantic Troubles

Brian Rathbun

in The State of the European Union Vol. 7

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780199283958
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603297 | DOI:
Continental Divide? The Transience of Transatlantic Troubles

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Most commentary on the recent degradation of transatlantic relations sees it as the product of differences either in “national interests” between the United States and Europe, or of deep-seated national political philosophies and styles. Yet much of the disagreement is the temporary result of divergent partisan worldviews on the two sides of the ocean. Most Europeans are to the political left of the Bush administration, and many of their substantive criticisms of Bush’s policies reflect positions in well-established Right-Left debates.

Keywords: Right; Left; political party; ideology; intervention; Bosnia; Kosovo; George Bush

Chapter.  9806 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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