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Trans-Atlantic Economic Integration

In light of the EU-US Summit on April 30, 2007, José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, writes in the International Herald Tribune:
Americans invested four times as much in Belgium in 2005 as they did in China last year. Facts like this one remind us that sometimes, in periods of rapid change, it is important to hang on to the big picture. And the trans-Atlantic economy is as big as it gets. Collectively, the European Union and the United States register more than $3 trillion of commercial sales annually. Bilateral trade between the European Union and the United States accounts for 40 percent of all global trade. Fourteen million jobs are dependent on our economic links.
The EU and US leaders "will sign a framework for greater trans-Atlantic economic integration which sets out a clear vision of where we want to go, adds value to existing work, and provides continuity and accountability." writes Barroso.

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Jörg, are you aware that Spiegel International edition (English) is running a series of articles in their special feature Transatlantic Relations that would be of interest to your readers? See this URL: http://www.spiegel.de/international/0,1518,k-6718,00.html I quickly read the article Germany Discovers the U.S. as a Partner detailing the recent visit by Chancellor Angela Merkel to Washington D.C. and was shocked not to see the Atlantic Review listed in the Technorati trackback (blogs following this story). Even the U.S. Library of Congress blog (yep, they have one too) covered the story on the gift by the German government of the 1507 Waldseemüller map detailing of the newly discovered continent America. The map has to be a fake 'cause back in the 16th Century Germans spelled Amerika with a "k" and not with a "c". Here is an excerpt from the Library of Congress site: "Martin Waldseemüller’s 1507 world map grew out of an ambitious project in St. Dié, near Strasbourg, France, during the first decade of the sixteenth century, to document and update new geographic knowledge derived from the discoveries of the late fifteenth and the first years of the sixteenth centuries. Waldseemüller’s large world map was the most exciting product of that research effort, and included data gathered during Amerigo Vespucci’s voyages of 1501–1502 to the New World. Waldseemüller christened the new lands "America" in recognition of Vespucci ’s understanding that a new continent had been uncovered as a result of the voyages of Columbus and other explorers in the late fifteenth century. This is the only known surviving copy of the first printed edition of the map, which, it is believed, consisted of 1,000 copies." So you see, it was the German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller who gave the newly discovered continent its name (America) and not the Italian Amerigo Vespucci as is widely believed. Damn those Germans were smart... once upon a time long, long ago. Germany Discovers the U.S. as a Partner, 30.04.07 http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,480221,00.html U.S. Library of Congress blog Library in the news 04/30/07 http://www.loc.gov/blog/?p=49 Library of Congress Geography and Map Reading Room 1507 Waldseeüller map, Recognizing and Naming America http://www.loc.gov/rr/geogmap/waldexh.html Your buddies over at the European Tribune blog scooped the Speigel International article on how the news media may be partly responsible for the rift in transatlantic relations. Shocking! Really, you think it's true? Spiegel International War of Words - the role of the media in transatlantic relations http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,478884,00.html European Tribune US and Them - Europe and the U.S. and the media. Sort of. http://www.eurotrib.com/story/2007/4/25/74324/5237

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