Summer/Fall 2003

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Letter from the Publisher

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A Crisis that Calls for U.S.-EU Cooperation

 

Turmoil in the Middle East, including the war in Iraq, has triggered an international crisis. The Transatlantic relationship has been disrupted, European unity has been weakened and relations between the United States and Russia have been compromised. North Korea and Iran are causing trouble again. Even Turkey, long considered a solid ally by Washington, has become an ambiguous partner for the United States. The extent of these uncertainties and tensions calls for a change of attitude by everyone, including the United States. The United Nations, which risked becoming irrelevant in the spring, has become a key institution from which solutions were expected to come in the fall.

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Britain Is Still in No Hurry to Join the Euro

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So where does Britain go from here? The missing link in Britain's relationship with the rest of the continent is membership of the euro, the European Union's single currency. But despite the frequently expressed desire of Prime Minister Tony Blair to lead his country into the euro zone, that day seems as far off as ever - particularly since Mr. Blair's government announced this summer that its economic conditions for joining the single currency had not yet been met.

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Boycotters Beware: "French" Products Are Often American

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Many people delude themselves that Europe and the United States are so economically self-sufficient that they can impose commercial sanctions on each other without damaging their own economies. Those days passed long ago. In today's world, business transcends national borders, even if political leaders, and the general public, are often reluctant to accept it.

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Norway and the EU: No, No . . . Yes?

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Norwegians, who have twice rejected EU membership in hotly debated national referendums, tend to get upset when it is suggested that they are not true Europeans. At least until now, they have had every right to maintain that Europe is much more than the European Union, especially as they have always been loyal members of NATO.

As the European Union expands into Central and Eastern Europe, however, those who equate the European Union with Europe seem to be gaining ground, and there are signs that more Norwegians are coming around to the idea that the country's future may lie inside the European Union after all.

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The Path to European Integration Has Reached a Critical Point

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Franco FrattiniIt is our turn. No matter that Italy is aware of the difficulties awaiting its Presidency of the European Union, we are confident. We are comforted and encouraged by our earlier experiences; Italy's Presidencies have, in fact, often coincided with crucial moments in the recent history of European integration.

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