1. Indispensable and Intolerable Nation: The United States in European Geopolitics
2. "Friends again" or "Drifting apart"
3. Defining Threats and Interests: Drivers, Processes, and Objectives
4. Transatlantic Threat Perceptions: "with friends like these, who needs enemies"?
5. The Forgotten Ballast: Economic Interdependence vs. High Politics
6. Regional Case-Studies: The Politics of Transatlantic Relations
7. NATO after Lisbon: New Compact or Obfuscation of Irreconcilable Differences?
8. Dogmas and Dependence: Assessing the NATO-CSDP Impasse
9. U.S.-NATO-EU Cooperation on the Ground
10. The Military Balance: Emerging Threats or New Providers of Global Public Goods?
11. Normative Contest: The Decline of Western "soft power"?
12. Locking in Western Dominance: The West in International Organizations.
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This book offers an overview of the interface between European integration, transatlantic relations, and the 'rise of the rest' in the early 21st century. The collapse of the Soviet bloc opened up an era in which the drivers and perceived benefits of the US alliance among European countries have become more variegated and shifting. The proposition that the US remains at once an 'indispensable' and 'intolerable' nation in Europe is a key concept in the alliance, as the US remains inextricably tied to the continent through economic, military and cultural links. This work examines this complex subject area from many angles, including an analysis of the historical and cultural contexts of America's relations with Europe, as well as a discussion of the politics of transatlantic affairs which utilises evidence gleaned from a series of case-studies. In the concluding chapters, the author assesses the likelihood that the West can entrench its global dominance in the realms of "soft" and "hard" power, and by effecting a "controlled reform" that will see multilateral structures open up to emerging powers. This book will be of great interest to students of European Politics, EU integration, transatlantic relations, US foreign policy/diplomacy, International Security and IR in general. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
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Overview.- Overview.- Trade and Foreign Direct Investment in an Enlarged EU: Opportunities and Challenges.- Evolving Pattern of Intra-industry Trade Specialization of the New Member States of the EU: The Case of the Automotive Industry.- FDI Spillovers in the Czech Republic: Takeovers Versus Greenfields.- Comments on
Chapter 2 and 3.- Migration in an enlarged EU: solution or problem for labour market woes and cash-strapped social security systems?.- Migration in an Enlarged EU: A Challenging Solution?.- The Consistency of EU Foreign Policies Towards New Member States.- Comments on Chapters 5 and 6.- Financial integration and stability in an enlarged EU.- Real Convergence, Financial Markets, and the Current Account: Emerging Europe Versus Emerging Asia.- Sustainable Real Exchange Rates in the New EU Member States: Is FDI a Mixed Blessing?.- Comments on Chapters 8 and 9.- Integration, Openness and Growth: Did Accession Make a Difference?.- The Second Transition: Eastern Europe in Perspective.- An Evaluation of the EU's Fifth Enlargement with Special Focus on Bulgaria and Romania.- Comments on Chapters 11 and 12.
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The Fifth Enlargement that took place in 2004 and 2007 was a milestone in the history of the European Union. Not only because of the large number of acceding countries but also because of their recent political and economic experience. Ten of them had undergone a profound transition from a totalitarian regime to democracy, and from a centrally planned economy to a market-based system. Most of them had income levels signi?cantly below those of the then EU-15. Now, 6 years later, we can clearly see that the process of European integration, both before and after 2004, was what enabled Europe to overcome the gaps between various parts of the continent. The enlargement made Europe a better and wealthier place and streng- ened its position in the world. Integration into the European Union has always been one of the strongest incentives for reform in the new Member States. Particularly important in my view have been the development of ?nancial markets through foreign direct investment and capital in?ows, and the opening of labour markets - which was a two-way phenomenon, with markets being opened up in acceding as well as the incumbent Member States. The Fifth Enlargement was thus an exercise of glo- lisation in miniature, a practice run for the Union to tackle the challenges of the ever smaller world. (source: Nielsen Book Data)