European Affairs

Letter to the Editor: Jean-François Boittin -- The Transatlantic Early Warning System: a Red Herring     Print

David Aaron's article on "Communicating - and Failing to - Across the Atlantic," in your spring issue, suggests a wrong answer to a real question.

The question is real: the multiplication of conflicts, some with a very high profile, strains the relationship. Let me suggest, though, that these conflicts are a direct consequence of the massive trade and investment flows that cross the Atlantic daily, in what is now already a Transatlantic common market, with few residual tariffs and barriers, not very different from the situation that exists between the states of the United States.

It is true that the differences in culture - in the largest sense - may here and there complicate the management of these conflicts. I would strongly

suggest, however, that, to solve that problem, the last thing we need is yet another Transatlantic structure or a so-called Transatlantic early warning system:

 

This article was published in European Affairs: Volume number I, Issue number IV in the Fall of 2000.