The European Union and Global Engagement

The European Union and Global Engagement

Institutions, Policies and Challenges

Edited by Normann Witzleb, Alfonso Martínez Arranz and Pascaline Winand Winand

Written by a broad range of international experts, The European Union and Global Engagement examines the current state of the European Union and its relationship with the world. The book presents fresh perspectives on the interplay between EU internal developments and its global engagement. While considering the impact and presence of the EU around the world, the collection has a particular focus on the Asia-Pacific region. This interdisciplinary book is an essential and accessible resource for students and scholars of European studies, as well as for public servants, business practitioners, researchers and journalists. It will appeal to everyone who seeks to understand the fast-moving policy developments in the EU’s actions on the world stage.

Chapter 12: Continental drift: the transatlantic divide over international security

Rémy Davison

Subjects: politics and public policy, european politics and policy, international relations


In the post-Cold War era, a multi-track European Union (EU) has emerged, comprising proponents of US power, opponents of US unilateralism and uncommitted neutrals. There is a growing consensus that a renewal of the transatlantic partnership is critical to the future of both Europe and the US. This chapter provides an analysis of transatlantic relations during the Bush II and Obama presidencies. It asserts that, although relations have improved, significant foreign policy differences persist between the North Atlantic partners, and that pronounced divisions between the EU partners have emerged that threaten to fragment not only the EU’s CFSP, but also jeopardize NATO’s ability to act operationally in a unified, coherent manner.

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