Summer/Fall 2007

Major Items on a Short-List of Issues for U.S. and Europe Until 2009

Daniel Fried, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Remarks in April 2007 at Center for National Policy, Washington, DC (excerpts)

The transatlantic relationship is better than it often sounds. I won’t gloss over European skepticism of America in general and this Administration in particular. It exists. America is criticized at the same time for excessive materialism and ideological fixations; for having no values and being too religious; for weakening the hand of the state and giving the state too much power; for being too puritanical and for being too frivolous. Anti-Americanism is nothing new…Yes, we have some disagreements with Europe and had a major disagreement in the run up to the Iraq War. Yes, there has been talk in Europe about building a counterweight to the United States, and, yes, there has been ambivalence in Washington about working alongside Europeans.

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In U.S. View, Kosovo’s Independence Is Inevitable Now

R. Nicholas Burns, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Excerpts of remarks to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives in April 2007

The cornerstone of our policy in the region has long been the promise of integration of the Balkan countries with NATO and the European Union. This is surely the best way for the countries of Southeast Europe to rebuild their societies, see their economies grow and create new and peaceful relationships with their neighbors. Most of the countries that emerged from the disastrous and bloody disintegration of Yugoslavia are now on a path to membership in the EU and NATO. After years of conflict, our American vision is within reach.

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Pharmaceuticals Pricing: U.S. and European Strategies

As one of the fastest growing portions of healthcare costs in the United States, drug expenditures have been a matter of concern in the U.S. for many years.1 It is therefore hardly surprising that prices of pharmaceuticals in the U.S. are often compared to those of other developed countries, particularly those in Western Europe, partly with the hope that such comparisons may help elucidate the effect of different pharmaceutical reimbursement policies on drug expenditures.

 

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U.S. Warned Russia About European Missile Defense Plan

Daniel Fried, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Interview with German News Channel (N-TV) on May 25 (excerpts)

N-TV: Many German politicians including the General Foreign Minister Steinmeier criticized the U.S. about the defense missile system that’s being implemented in Poland and the Czech Republic. They said you should have talked earlier to the Russian side. What’s your response to it?

Assistant Secretary Fried: We did talk earlier to the Russian side. That’s just a fact. We’ve been talking to the Russians about this for 18 months. However, after the Russians escalated the politics of this we went to the Russians with a very far-reaching offer of missile defense cooperation.

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Food Labeling: Lessons Learned

Now that the United States has begun to experience the kinds of food scares that rocked Europe several years ago, more American consumers are starting to worry about the efficacy of the food-safety system that is supposed to protect them. Some people fear negligent or criminal adulteration of imported food products such as pet food from China; others worry about problems at home, citing the example of an American company that recently had to recall batches of its brand of peanut butter after they were tied to salmonella outbreaks that sickened more than 400 people in 44 U.S. states. Fears and doubts are even growing among some regulators.

In these circumstances, could Europe’s food-safety solutions offer some useful approaches for the United States?

 

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