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Looking Back . . . And Ahead

01 Jan 1999-Fordham International Law Journal (Fordham Law School)-Vol. 23, Iss: 3, pp 529

AbstractIt seems that any projection of Europe’s future today must pass through the prism of its multifaceted relationship with the United States. To some Europeans, this thought is obnoxious. The role of the United States as the sole world power, however, makes this concept even more ineludible. How should it be done? And how can the United States help, once more? These are some of the thoughts that occasionally crop up in the back of the mind of someone dealing with the day-to-day vicissitudes of European Union (‘EU‘) and U.S. relations.

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