Serial No. 108-75: United States Priorities in Europe: Hearing before the Subcommittee on Europe of the Committee on the International Relations, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eighth Congress, Second Session, March 3, 2004   [open pdf - 144KB]

From the opening statement of Doug Bereuter: "I believe that the U.S.-EU Summit last June, arguably at the lowest point of transatlantic relations in some time, reaffirmed that we and Europe really must work together for global stability, democracy and prosperity. It would seem that since then, there has been an increased commitment on both sides of the Atlantic to mend fences and to seek stronger cooperation. Evidence of that was apparent during the recent visit of German Chancellor Schroeder and the multilateral approach we took with our European and Canadian friends regarding a political solution to the violence in Haiti. We look forward with anticipation to the forthcoming G-8, U.S.-EU and NATO Summits for positive signs of a new era in our relations with the nations of Europe and their Union. As I stated last year, no two regions in the world share a history, a common set of values and a global vision as much as do the United States and Europe. In Europe our core national interests are fully engaged. Our trillion-dollar economy and our systems of trade and security are integrally linked with the European continent. With our European partners we share a wider range of interests and a higher level of cooperation on issues than with any other region in the world. These issues range from counter-terrorism, to stability in the Balkans and Afghanistan, to peace and unity in Iraq, and on a solution to Cyprus problems. Between the United States and Europe, we possess the greatest ability anywhere to address solutions to transnational issues such as organized crime, drug trafficking, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, communicable diseases and money laundering." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: A. Elizabeth Jones, Doug Bereuter, and Robert Wexler.

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