Which EU? A Critical Response to Kalypso Nicolaïdis

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The post-enlargement European Union (EU) faces different challenges to the evolving character of EU-US relations than the pre-enlargement fifteen because of the nature and scope of the new member states' attitudes towards cooperation with the United States. Without acknowledging these differences, Nicolaïdis' observation regarding the impact of the Iraq controversy on transatlantic affairs is skewed towards the West European view. The Europe of fifteen to which Nicolaïdis implicitly refers is a Europe dominated by Britain, France, and Germany, all of whom are leaders in the intense debate concerning the effects of US power on Europe. But the recently expanded Europe of twenty-five includes central and east European actors who maintain more positive views towards the future of transatlantic relations. Can the EU bridge this political gap between old and new member states? If not, will EU-US relations be dominated by a complex system of disparate member state relations with America? ...

Document Type: Discussion

Publication date: March 1, 2005

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