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The US Changing Role and Europe's Transatlantic Dilemmas: Toward an EU Strategic Autonomy?

Frédéric Bozo

in Just Another Major Crisis?

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780199552030
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720291 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199552030.003.0006
The US Changing Role and Europe's Transatlantic Dilemmas: Toward an EU Strategic Autonomy?

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This chapter asserts that the American role in Europe is being rapidly reduced and that the European Union is becoming a much more important actor, certainly regionally, but to some extent even globally. The chapter maintains that, the stronger Europe becomes, the better this will be for Atlantic relations. “Europe can become more independent without having to duplicate America, and this would be enough to transform what has been from the origins an asymmetrical alliance into a more balanced partnership.” The EU has no desire to “become a strategic challenger, if not an opponent of the United States,” if for no other reason than that the USA is too strong for that. At the same time, Washington, and all of us, should recognize that, despite temporary setbacks over defense capabilities and constitutional ratifications, the CFSP/ESDP will continue to develop.

Keywords: European Union; United States; actor; challenger; partnership

Chapter.  11556 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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