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Unformatted text preview: of the 27 EU Member States. We function
much like an embassy, with diplomatic status, and represent the European Union in dealings with the US government in areas that are part of the
EU's remit.) “EU-US Relations”. Accessed July 3, 2012 http://www.eurunion.org/eu/Table/EU-US-Relations/ The historic and longstanding relationship between the European Union and the United States is based on shared values and a strong
fundamental belief in democratic government, the rule of law, human rights, and the market economy. The EU-U.S.
partnership includes not only political, trade and economic relations, but active cooperation between the EU and the U.S.
encompassing such global challenges as promoting energy security and efficiency, combating climate change, and
helping developing nations lift themselves out of poverty, a goal toward which the EU and the U.S. together provide 80 percent of
official development assistance worldwide. The partners also cooperate in additional policy areas including counterterrorism, crisis
management, research and development, and education and training. Perhaps the most defining f...
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