The European Union and the U.S.A.

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What does a coherent and unified European community (known as the European Union) mean to the United States? Is it a threat, a competitor, or a partner? Or is it the three combined together? I think it is the three combined together. Depending on the situation, whether economically, politically, or military, the European Union has acted as a threat, competitor or a partner to the United States. This could be demonstrated using different economic, political and military examples. First, lets look at the role and involvement of the United States in the Formation of the European Union. The United States has maintained diplomatic relations with the European Union since 1953, when the first US Observers to the European Defense Community and the European Coal and Steel Community were nominated. In 1961, the US Mission to the European Communities - now the European Union - was established. The European Commission is represented in the United States by a Delegation in Washington, which was established in 1954. In 1971 the Washington office became a Delegation with full diplomatic privileges and immunities. The Delegation represents the European Commission in its dealings with the US government. It reports on US developments to headquarters in Brussels and acts as a liaison with other international institutions in Washington, DC. The European Union and the United States hold twice-yearly presidential summits to assess and develop transatlantic cooperation. The EU-US summits bring together the President of the United States and the President of the European Commission. The EU-US Presidential Summits started as a result of the November 1990 Transatlantic Declaration. In December 1995, a step forward in the relations was taken at the ... ... middle of paper ... ...ect of human rights and democratic principles, the EU does not share the US's political strategy of isolating these countries. In conclusion, I would like to say that diversity of Amercian society owes much to successive waves of immigration from practically every European country during the course of the past five hundred years, and this accounts for the extent to which Europeans and Americans share common values and maintain close cultural, economic, social and political ties. Both the US and the European Union understand that the basis for their cooperation is the respect which each partner has for the other's positions and the recognition that, whatever the difficulties, they are stronger acting together than acting separately. Bibliography: Curtis, Michael. " Introduction to Comparative Government". HarperCollins Collage Publishers, New York, 1993

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