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Eurobashing is popular again in Washington. America laments Europe's political and military weakness, but fears that policies to strengthen it will create a global rival. If the partnership is to flourish the US must curtail its own lobby-driven politics and learn to live with a more assertive EU

By William Wallace   March 1999

Anti-European sentiment is back in fashion in the US. It is not new. The US was built by immigrants who shook off the disappointments of the old world for the hope of the new. Businessmen and politicians in late 19th century America believed they represented the vigorous future, Europe the enfeebled past. In the two world wars Americans saw themselves as sailing across the Atlantic to sort out European quarrels which Europeans were incapable of resolving among themselves.

After 1945, America’s prescription for Europe was to make it “more like us”-to build an Americanised Europe which would become a loyal…

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