German relations that both americans and germans must

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German relations that both Americans and Germans must address German leaders used to be among most respected world figures in US Even more so than British counterparts Germanys standings in Washington has fallen over spats over the Kyoto Protocol and the International Criminal Court (ICC) and Iraq Germany’s problems in influencing America can be reduced to Red state American Revivalist Policymakers think Germany’s advice is mostly bad and want to take as little of it as possible Only take German advice when benefits of German cooperation of the costs of German obstruction are greater than the perceived cost of doing what Germany wants Conditions are rearely met American Revivaists place low value on Germany’s potential to help the US Since 1989 several factors have combined to produce a gradual reduction in German’s perceived importance to the US Many thought most effective way to change Washinton’s disposition is to change our opinion about either the benefits of German cooperation of the costs of german opposition Partly why many germans have placed such importance on the centralization of European foreign policymaking: hope that a centralized Europe will be seen in Washington as a larger and more important actor with great impact to affect america’s goals for better or for worse American revival analysis believes that divisive European politics will continue to make the EU an inept and weak power even if constitutional reform create a new vigorous continental foreign minister
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Goodbye to Berlin? 17:53 European nations will continue to undercut or resist the common policy on many issues Option of a “two speed” Europe with an inner core of countries might create more rapid movement, but since the inner core would only include countries like Germany, frances and a few smaller countries American revivalists do not fear its weight in the world For American revivalists calculation is simple Smaller Europe could develop common institutions and common policies, but small core could not seriously challenge American interests A 25/30 member European union might have the weight to counterbalance the US, but is extremely unlikely to develop enough political and institutional cohesion to challenge US on anything other than trade issues Most hopeful way to change the melancholy state of german influence in DC is to improve perceived value of German counsel If American policy makers respected Germany more they would treat german policy advice with respect regardless if euope was united or disunited weak or strong poor or rich Germans/Europeans fail to understand America is satisfied with their strategy dealing with the world Has stood test of time and has brought the US power and success View fascism and communism as originating and Europe, and flourished because Europeans supported them Died because America fought it Social and international peace that contemporary Europeans see as their proudest achievement
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