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The EU's Increasing Irrelevance to the US

Reuters reported yesterday:

The European Union and the United States are likely to scrap plans to hold a summit in Madrid in May because U.S. President Barack Obama has decided not to attend, EU diplomats said on Tuesday.

Oh, that will make many in Europe's political class angry. Summits are so important to them, especially the "family photo" is considered of vital importance to national security.

An unsentimental President Obama has already lost patience with a Europe lacking coherence and purpose, opined Nick Witney and Jeremy Shapiro with the European Council on Foreign Relations and the Brookings Institution respectively in November 2009. Apparently, last year's EU-US summit in Prague, "at which President Obama was subjected to 27 interventions from the EU's assembled heads of state and government was an eye-opener for his administration."

Witney and Shapiro argued in Towards a post-American Europe: A Power Audit of EU-US Relations:

The US needs strong partners in a world that it no longer dominates. It knows it can turn to China on the economy and Russia on nuclear disarmament. In comparison, Washington is disappointed with Europe and sees EU member states as infantile: responsibility shirking and attention seeking.

The US would prefer a more united EU, but expects so little that it cannot bring itself to greatly care. When the EU is hard-headed, as with trade negotiations, the US listens. When it is not, Europeans are asking to be divided and ruled.

Will Europeans soon miss President George W. Bush?

Related posts on Atlantic Review:

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Bush's Farewell Tour: Looking Ahead and Missing the Favorite "Punching Bag"

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Kevin Sampson on :

This from the BBC: 'A Spanish official quoted by AP news agency said Madrid had assumed Mr Obama would be attending the event.' http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8496798.stm They ASSUMED he would attend!?

Joerg Wolf on :

from the same article "In fact, Spain only found out about Mr Obama's decision through the press." Oooch! That's got to hurt. As bad as this: "As for Central Europe, it isn't considered worthy of any diplomacy at all. Last week, the Czech prime minister was roused from his bed after midnight to be informed by the White House of a non-urgent decision many months in the making: the cancellation of the missile defense program." http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/21/AR2009092103112.html

Marie Claude on :

Ol right, Obama has no ties with the old continent, like the previous presidents, but are these meetings so useful anway, since the lot already met in Davos ? "The US needs strong partners in a world that it no longer dominates. It knows it can turn to China on the economy and Russia on nuclear disarmament. In comparison, Washington is disappointed with Europe and sees EU member states as infantile: responsibility shirking and attention seeking. The US would prefer a more united EU, but expects so little that it cannot bring itself to greatly care. When the EU is hard-headed, as with trade negotiations, the US listens. When it is not, Europeans are asking to be divided and ruled." I wonder who are america's alliees today, since China is not impressed by Obama gesticulations, and that China showed that it doesn't care of Clinton beratings too. Russia ? Putin is conspirating with the Arabs, Iran, China for dooming the US. And the EU countries should grow up too, and try to organised a coherent policy, forget about the British foreign minister, quite insignifiant, and the Belgian President,invisible ; we could spare their salaries to bail out the whole Greece administration with them.

Marie Claude on :

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0210/Sarko_goes_negative.html?showall http://newsmax.com/InsideCover/E-U--No-Longer-Charmed/2010/02/05/id/349067 OBAMA . . . . __.____ (PITHOLE) =======

Kevin Sampson on :

Looks like everyone is piling on. http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,676799,00.html

Kevin Sampson on :

And more.. http://worldmeets.us/gazetaru000019.shtml

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