The new Europe and the USA - some questions

by Horst Mendershausen

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An examination of the European movement toward economic and political integration and of its meaning for the United States. The Common Market appears to be emerging as a central group of countries with a cluster of associates around it, a market economy under state discipline, and an economic posture toward the outside world that combines elements of autarky and active international involvement. It is concluded that the New Europe presents threats, as well as opportunities, to the United States. The concept of a partnership between the two needs much thought, as the terms of such a partnership will be subject to hard bargaining. Freer trade and a working Atlantic alliance will not be evidenced without much adaptation and innovation.

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