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Six Dimensions of the Growing Transatlantic Divide: Are the US and Europe Definitively Driving The

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Six Dimensions of the Growing Transatlantic Divide: Are the US and Europe Definitively Driving Themselves Apart?. Recently there has been much debate about a growing divide between the United States and its European allies after September 11. The question I want to answer here is if there exists, indeed, such a divide, and, if so, what will be the consequences for the transatlantic partnership. The second question I will try to answer is if this gap has a temporal or a structural character. If it is temporal, this means that the divide is the result of specific historical circumstances which may change over time. Since 1945 the transatlantic relationship has known many ebbs (Suez, Vietnam, NATO?s "double track" decision) and flows (Berlin crisis, Vietnam, Kosovo) and there seems, at first sight, no reason that this will be different now. Would, on the contrary, the growing transatlantic divide have a structural character, then this would mean that the estrangement between the US and Europe is not a temporary event, but that it is the expression of deeper underlying forces that irresistibly tear America and Europe apart. To analyse what is the case I have divided the transatlantic drift into six different components, which are: * a transatlantic perception gap * a transatlantic capabilities gap * a transatlantic attitude gap * a transatlantic value gap * a transatlantic religion gap * a transatlantic strategy gap By Marcel H. van Herpen.

 

By Cicero Foundation , Netherlands, EU, US.

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