The relationship between the European Union (EU) and the United States of America (US) is simultaneously highly significant and immensely challenging, both as the subject of academic analysis and as a subject of policy-making in both the EU and the US. It is significant because the EU and the US are two of the most weighty actors in the world arena, and because they are highly engaged in each other’s economic and political processes. What happens between the EU and the US matters, both to those directly involved and to those within the broader world arena by whom the effects of EU-US interactions are felt. The relationship is challenging because in addition to being highly significant, it is complex and dynamic: EU-US relations take place and have their effects in a multiplicity of issue areas and ‘sub-arenas’ within the world arena, and the openness of the transatlantic relationship means that changes in the world arena will in turn have important repercussions for EU-US relations. This book is an attempt to expose the complexities of the relationship and its impact on the world arena, to subject it to analysis and to evaluate its past, its present and its possible futures.
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