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This lack of coherence has been most recently exemplified by the increasing gap between Britain and many of the other EU member states as a result of the Eurozone crisis Grant, The growing euro scepticism in Britain has been fuelled by claims that the Euro has failed as a currency, that immigration is too high, and that budget cuts mean contributions cannot be made to Europe. This situation, however, has been only worsened by politicians, who are reluctant to promote the benefits of Europe Grant, The rising powers, i. This argues that the bigger member states, i.
Britain, Germany and France, have worked more to individual aims rather than the most effective policies for the EU as a whole. Also, many would also argue that although Europe led the invasion, there was a big reliance on US military equipment and assets.
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It would be unfair though, to claim that the EU has been completely ineffective due to a lack of collective action. This shows that efforts are being made in the area and that it is high on the agenda. Conversely though, it could be argued that these efforts have been nothing more than decisions on how to respond to crises, rather than creating strategic partnerships with nations outside of Europe Whitman, Whitman argues that an aggregation of the military and economic and diplomatic abilities of the member states is possible, but criticises the lack of a concrete structure for creating such policies We have seen military co-operation agreement authored between the UK and France Croft, When analysing whether Europe can be viewed as a superpower, it is useful to compare to other, existing superpowers.
Scholars such as Joseph Nye believe that America is the only superpower. If this is true, then arguably the most important international relationship is that of Europe and the United States of America US. As the largest trading bloc in the world, Europe is clearly still a significant global actor.
Yet, it is important to note that the Eurozone crisis has had an important impact on the Europe-US relationship. Whilst the US is keen to maintain its ties with Europe, it is also reluctant to become too embroiled in the Eurozone situation, due to fears of it destabilising the US recovery, which it already has to a degree, according to some critics Grant, It was less than a decade ago that the relationship between the US and the EU took a significant blow during the Iraq crisis. But, Obama is seen to hold a more diplomatic view towards Europe, trying to promote collective action between the Member States.
Although the US is anxious about the Eurozone crisis, it is inconceivable at the moment to think that the European Union and America could close off all ties.
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