The United States And The European Union: A Sparring Session That Has The U. S. Worried


Nick Beatty

Date of Graduation

Fall 2001


Master of Global Studies



Committee Chair

Beat Kernen


The relationship between the United States and European Union has been mutally beneficial since the early days of the European Communities that were created in the early 1950's. As membership in the various communities grew, so did the level of integration and the overall political and economic power of Europe. Throughout the vertical and horizontal integration process the United States offered its full support, seeing an economically and politically sound Europe as an effective bulwark against Communisim. The end of the Cold War marked a change in the relationship, with trade and military differences rising to the surface. The issues of banana imports and specifications and hormone treated beef triggered a rift that required a settlement via the World Trade Organization. Militarily, the issue of a national missile defense program for the United States and the prospect of NATO expansion created a noticeable divergence in trans-Atlantic opinions. The application of game theory provides several examples of potentially beneficial policies that include consultation with the Union, avoidance of unilateral proceedings and reliance on the World Trad Organization to settle disputes.

Subject Categories

International and Area Studies


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