In her first major report on foreign policy, the European Union's foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, argues according to the New York Times:
"Europe is no longer the main strategic preoccupation of U.S. foreign policy," the document says. "The U.S. is increasingly looking to new partners to address old and new problems." (.) "When we are an efficient and reliable partner, the U.S. takes us seriously," it argues. "Conversely, if we overpromise and underdeliver; if we prioritize process over substance or if we don't know what we want, the U.S. will turn its attention elsewhere."
For the European Union stating the obvious is already progress. Let's hope they will implement the recommendations in the next 10 years.