Time for Tough Love in Transatlantic Relations

Anand Menon*

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The furore that greeted news that negotiations were to start on a transatlantic free trade agreement revealed not only the potential importance of any putative deal, but also the tendency of Europeans to view international politics almost uniquely in economic terms. This neglect of security and broader geostrategic issues is short-sighted and dangerous. It is precisely the liberal world order in place since the Second World War that has allowed Europeans to develop their economic potential. Leaving it to the United States to preserve that order is an increasingly problematic strategy, with the US ever more reluctant to police the world in the way it once did. The US has, for many years, asked its partners to contribute more to the preservation of common security interests. Given the failure of these attempts to date, it might be time for Washington to resort to tougher tactics in an attempt to entice Europeans out of their geostrategic retirement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-14
Number of pages8
JournalThe International Spectator (Istituto Affari Internazionali)
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2013


  • EU external relations
  • international security
  • NATO
  • transatlantic relations


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