Can the Circle Be Unbroken? Public Opinion and the Transatlantic Rupture

Steven Kull

in Just Another Major Crisis?

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780199552030
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720291 | DOI:
Can the Circle Be Unbroken? Public Opinion and the Transatlantic Rupture

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This chapter argues that the prognosis for repairing the Atlantic relationship ought to be good. There may well be a large split between the policies of the Bush administration and the attitudes of the European public, but “the changes in US foreign policy that the Europeans have found objectionable have also made the American public uncomfortable.” Although American opinion may have acquiesced to these changes, particularly in the wake of September 11, public resistance soon increased and the Bush administration is now on its way out. In broad terms, therefore, despite recent policy tensions, American and European public opinion reveal “substantial common ground on numerous policy issues and the preferred character of the relationship between the United States and Europe.” The rumors of the death of the Atlantic alliance may indeed be highly exaggerated.

Keywords: public opinion; rupture; United States; Bush administration; Europe; Atlantic alliance

Chapter.  8396 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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