A new poll exposes the true extent of the transatlantic problem, though one German may have just the solution.12:00 AM, Oct 20, 2003 • By VICTORINO MATUS
NEITHER SNOW NOR RAIN nor heat nor gloom of a hurricane can keep me away from a press breakfast at the Ritz-Carlton. And so it was, on the morning of the day Hurricane Isabel was poised to strike our nation's capital, that I found myself alone in an oak-paneled room waiting to meet Wolfgang Schäuble, the deputy chairman of Germany's Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union parliamentary group (he isn't nearly as boring as his title sounds).
In the 1980s, Schäuble served as chief of staff for Helmut Kohl.
Europeans on why they like working less.12:00 AM, Sep 29, 2003 • By
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Irwin M. Stelzer's European Holiday is long overdue. I am tired of reading snide comments in the New York Times about the "quality of life" in Europe.
Europeans wonder why Americans have it so good. The answer: We work hard for it while they take vacations.12:00 AM, Sep 16, 2003 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
ENVY IS A TERRIBLE THING. Not so much because it makes those whom it afflicts unhappy, or as myth has it, turn green, but because it dulls their analytical skills. At meeting after meeting, in university seminars and in think tanks around the world, envy of America distorts discussions of what accounts for the wealth of nations.
Europeans know that America's standard of living exceeds their own by a very substantial margin.
From the September 22, 2003 issue: A new superstate probably isn't in Europeans' interest. It certainly isn't in America's.Sep 22, 2003, Vol. 9, No. 02 • By GERARD BAKER
AMERICA WASN'T THE ONLY COUNTRY attempting a bit of nation-building this turbulent summer. While U.S. troops and U.N.
As the WTO begins an important series of meetings in Cancun, the European Union has its eye on blocking free trade.12:00 AM, Sep 9, 2003 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
AMERICA HAS China in its sights. Fortunately, it's a trade war and not a shooting war that is about to erupt. The Chinese rebuffed Treasury Secretary John Snow's efforts to get them to increase the value of their currency relative to the dollar.
The trade negotiations at Doha will help shape the global economy. Which is one reason the Bush administration is after separate, bilateral free trade agreements.12:00 AM, Jul 15, 2003 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
ECONOMISTS AGREE that a progressive freeing of trade contributed importantly to world economic growth since World War II. With the current world economy best described as fragile, many policymakers are pinning their hopes for renewed growth on a successful conclusion of the so-called Doha round of multinational trade negotiations now underway at the World Trade Organization.
A pocket guide to understanding U.S.-European relations in the new world order.12:00 AM, Jun 25, 2003 • By LEE BOCKHORN
NOW THAT THE WAR in Iraq is over (the first part, anyway), Americans are trying to repair relations with our erstwhile European allies. While some of my Weekly Standard colleagues are doing the really tough work--attending lavish, well-lubricated conferences on Italy's Lake Como to discuss transatlantic ties with our European counterparts--the rest of us must forgo the rigors of Alpine lakeside resorts and satisfy ourselves with . . .
A meeting between Americans and Europeans brings an end to the rift. Sort of.12:00 AM, Jun 18, 2003 • By VICTORINO MATUS
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, last week was "Transatlantic Week," in which several conferences devoted to U.S.-European relations occurred simultaneously. The Washington Post's David Ignatius covered one in Berlin where the presence of Richard Perle, aka The Prince of Darkness, probably led some to believe a full-scale war might break out.
The administration sues the European Union over genetically-modified foods.12:00 AM, May 28, 2003 • By KATHERINE MANGU-WARD
AFRICANS ARE STARVING, American farmers are going out of business, and the administration says Europe's to blame.
In a suit brought to the WTO earlier this month, the Bush administration alleges that the E.U.'s five-year moratorium on the approval of new genetically-modified (GM) foods violates the rules of the WTO. In addition, the plaintiff adds, the "unfounded, and unscientific fears" of Europeans have kept developing countries in Africa from investing in enhanced crops.
The United States is joined in the suit by Canada, Argentina, and Egypt.
Jacques Chirac hobnobs with his new allies.Apr 28, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 32 • By CHRISTOPHER CALDWELL
LAST WEEK, the semi-governmental French foundation IDDRI summoned 40 people to Paris to discuss "sustainable development," international relations, and the Third World.
European governments are worried because their workers aren't as efficient as Americans.7:00 AM, Apr 15, 2003 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
THEY KNOW THE WORDS, but they don't quite have the tune.
The Europeans are worried about the productivity gap. Their studies show that America leaves them in the dust when it comes to producing goods and services efficiently. Since the only way a nation can increase the welfare of its citizens is to have each worker produce more, this productivity gap is worrisome. After all, what good European wants to contemplate a future in which the gap between U.S. and E.U.
Tony Blair wanted to Great Britain to be the bridge between America and the European Union. Now he'll have to choose between the two.11:00 PM, Mar 17, 2003 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
TONY BLAIR'S PROBLEMS will not end with the unseating of Saddam Hussein. Nor will they end when he crushes the revolt of the loony left in his party. He will still have to face the fact that his foreign policy--indeed, his view of the world in the 21st century--is in tatters.
Some time ago I upset Britain's prime minister by suggesting that his notion of becoming a bridge between the United States and Europe is a fantasy and that Britain would some day soon have to choose between America and a Europe dominated by a Franco-German axis.
Jacques Chirac's imperious overreach.Mar 3, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 24 • By MAX BOOT
WE INTERRUPT the latest bout of hand-wringing over the fate of the Atlantic Alliance with an important news flash: The United States won a significant victory last week in its long-term quest to ensure that Europe remains a friend, not a competitor.
Jacques Chirac, like every one of his predecessors since Charles de Gaulle, has been trying to turn Europe into a rival power center to balance the American "hyperpower." His latest ploy was to try to rally European states against America's Iraq policies.
Using economic levers to reward our friends and punish our foes.Mar 3, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 24 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
"ONLY A DEMAGOGUE would say, 'Don't buy German' or 'Don't buy French,'" says Norbert Quinkert, chairman of Motorola Germany.
He's wrong. There is a middle ground between the boycotts and sanctions we impose on our enemies, and the free access to our markets that we grant to our friends. Call it transactional selectivity.
No need to rehearse at length for readers of this magazine the advantages of free trade.