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Is the best way to handle Europe, to ignore it?

As President Obama tours Europe trying to get support for his iniatitives, especially in Afghanistan – one commentator says the most successful method of getting what the US wants from Europe is to ignore it and wait for it to come around to your policy. According to Stephen Sestanovich writing in this month’s Foreign Policy magazine:

For decades after the Second World War, the great achievement of U.S. foreign policy was precisely to channel — and sometimes, to ignore — European preferences, while patiently calming the resentments that followed.

Is the best way to handle Europe, to ignore it? Ignore us – we secretly like it….

Is the best way to handle Europe, to ignore it?



David Garrahy

David Garrahy works in Brussels monitoring European Union activites. He is originally from Ireland and studied a Degree in Law & European Studies at the University of Limerick before earning a Masters in Globalisation at Dublin City Universty. Previously he has worked in the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, the European Commission and as a Legislative Aide for an Irish Senator. His involvement in the EU has included working for the Irish Forum on Europe and campaigning in Referenda in favour of the Nice & Lisbon Treaties.

Area of Focus
Europe; Globalisation; European Comission.


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