EA May 2014

Perspectives: Isolationism in the U.S. — Danger for Europe?

larrybarrettAmerica now seems increasingly uneasy with its role of global savior of first resort. And Europeans wonder what a more isolationist U.S. means for them.

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Upcoming European Parliamentary Elections Likely to Shape the Future of Europe

antoineripollEditor’s Note:  Later this week,  from Thursday May 22 and through Sunday May 25, in accordance with national election laws,  Europeans in 28 EU member states will go to the polls to elect  751  members of the European Parliament for a new five year term.  This is the first parliamentary election since the enactment of the new and more powerful role for the Parliament in the Lisbon Treaty which is the governing document for the EU.

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Perspectives: “Europe Whole and Free:” Ukraine Should Impel a Return to First Principles

bod.hunter2More than two decades ago, President George H. W. Bush set forth what quickly became a new grand strategy for the post-Cold War era: to create “a Europe whole and free” and at peace. With Russia’s seizure of Crimea and its new challenges to the integrity of Ukraine and potentially of other Central European states, the Bush vision has clearly gone off the rails.

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Round Five of EU-US Free Trade Talks to Commence in D.C.

brianbeary-august2011When Angela Merkel spoke before the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on May 2 after her meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House, two issues were foremost in the conversation. The day’s hot topic was the worsening turmoil in Ukraine with Merkel fielding questions on whether the EU and US should impose further economic sanctions against Russia for its’ role in the crisis.

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