A Challenged and Challenging Europe
Impact on NATO-EU-US Relations
May 30, 2006After the Cold War, a new Europe, deeper and wider, and a transformed North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), larger and increasingly global, transformed the Atlantic Alliance into a genuine partnership that global developments since 9/11 have challenged but not ruptured. There is little room for complacency, however. In coming years, past the fiftieth anniversary of the Rome Treaties in March 2007 and prior to the sixtieth anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty in April 2009, the European Union (EU) and its members, NATO and the Alliance it serves, and the transatlantic partnership betweent the United States, the EU and NATO will become either much more cohesive and stronger or much more divided and accordingly weaker. This is a delicate moment and failure by either the United States or the states of Europe to seize it during the coming year would be costly to all.
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