Committee on International Relations
U.S. House of Representatives
Henry J. Hyde, Chairman

CONTACT: Sam Stratman, (202) 226-7875, June 10, 2003

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U.S. & Europe: A View from the U.S.
Bereuter Inaugurates First of Two Hearings on Relationship

BACKGROUND: The transatlantic relationship linking North America and Europe is perhaps the world’s most important, consequential and complicated. Europe is where core U.S. national interests and fundamental values are most engaged. The majority of U.S. allies in the world are in Europe. The bulk of U.S. international trade and investment is with Europe. And, U.S. national security is integrally linked with the welfare and stability of the European continent. Together, the United States and Europe are the main engine of world economy, and the Euro-Atlantic economy is a central and irreversible reality of that global economy. Two-way trade totaled $557 billion in 2000, an estimated 40 percent of total world trade. However, as the nations of Europe move toward wider expansion and deeper integration of their Union, their core national interests and fundamental values have become more Euro-centered. New disputes are surfacing over issues of agriculture trade, environment, the death penalty, child custody laws, and increasing suspicions in Europe of American military power; the use of force in Iraq; and a growing sense in the U.S. that Europe is failing to rise to the challenge of global security threats and terrorism.

WHAT: Oversight hearing: Renewing the Transatlantic Partnership: A View From the U.S.
Subcommittee on Europe, U.S. Rep. Doug Bereuter, Chairman

WHEN: 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 11, 2003

WHERE: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

WITNESS: Simon Serfaty, Ph.D., Director, Europe Program, Center for Strategic & International Studies; Christopher Makins, President, The Atlantic Council of the United States; Daniel Hamilton, Ph.D., Director, Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies; John Hulsman, Ph.D., Research Fellow, Davis Institute, The Heritage Foundation.

Questions to be raised during this hearing:

bulletHow seriously did the debate over Iraq damage overall transatlantic relations?
bulletSome have suggested that the Bush Administration is now trying to drive a wedge in transatlantic relations between those who supported us and those who did not. Have Europe and the United States parted ways?
bulletAre the values and interests that unite Europe and the U.S. infinitely deeper than the differences and rivalries that separate us?
bulletHow important are good working relations with Europe, including institutional ties, to American interests?
bulletIs it possible to put the transatlantic community on a sounder basis, and if so, what are America's strategic options?
bulletWhat policy paths and actions should the U.S. take to carry out these strategies?
bulletFrench Foreign Minister De Villepin has stated, "Our relationship with the United States is irreplaceable." Can we be comforted by that statement over the long term?

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