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Contrasting transatlantic interpretations, the EU and the US towards a common global role

Ludger Kuhnhardt argues that the various transatlantic quarrels of recent years are rooted in different developments during the past decade concerning the notion and effect of the concept of national sovereignty. While the United States has not only remained the only superpower on earth, but also a vibrant nation-state in the traditional sense of the term, all EU member states have developed a very original understanding of sovereignty, no matter how this concept is being discussed and implemented in individual EU member states. As a con-seqence, the EU and the US differ with regard to their understanding of the role of the individual nation state and hence in their understanding of multilateralism. The EU has also developed a specific understanding of trans-national democracy. It remains limited, however, with regard to a proper and consistent definition of what "European interests" could mean and how they should be implemented. In this regard, the US is driven by an enormous high degree of self-confidence. In order to revitalize Transatlantic relations, a new common project is needed, but also adjusted instruments of common policy formulation and cooperation. Kuhnhardt is suggesting an Atlantic Treaty with a broad basis to cover the various dimensions of transatlantic relations which remain the most vital part for the future development of global politics
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non fiction
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1 online resource (52 p.)
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