Edited by Lucyna Czechowska, Andriy Tyushka, Agata Domachowska, Karolina Gawron-Tabor and Joanna Piechowiak-Lamparska
Chapter 7: Between cooperation and competition: the strategic partnership between the European Union and the US
The strategic partnership between the European Union and the United States is one of the most complex and multi-layered (economic, diplomatic, societal, and security-related) strategic relationships for both partners. The EU–US partnership is built upon the shared commitment to democracy, the rule of law, civil liberties, and open markets – the very core foundations of their actorness as such. However, this strategically significant relationship has actually not been formalized. The current framework for the EU–US partnership is still provided by the New Transatlantic Agenda of 1995. Gradually deepened and broadened, the partnership features several levels of bilateral strategic interaction, including the highest – summitry – level comprised of political leaders from the US, the European Commission and the EU Presidency. The element limiting the cooperation is the rivalry between the partners, regarding the economic issues and management of international problems.
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