"The British, and in large measure other (Western) Europeans, have acquiesced in a form of U.S. hegemony for at least the greater part of half a century. Politicians have spoken and acted as if the transatlantic relationship of the post-1950 period, whatever it was, would endure for all time. However, Europe itself, collectively and as individual nations, has changed out of all recognition since 1950.Meanwhile, since 1990, the very nature of security, and hence of international relations, has also changed radically, and the changes have been reinforced by the American reaction to the newly perceived vulnerability of the United States. New issues, new perceptions, new actors, and new ways of acting all point to the need to revisit transatlantic relations and the various relationships embraced by the term, not in any hostile spirit but to see what the best course for everyone may be."
Copyright © 2005 by William Hopkinson
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