Download PDF by Leif Johan Eliasson: America's Perceptions of Europe

By Leif Johan Eliasson

ISBN-10: 023010004X

ISBN-13: 9780230100046

This publication seeks to rectify americans’ perspectives of its closest best friend, Europe--an formidable job, yet one sorely missing within the literature. Many prejudices approximately Europe floor in headlines, whereas others stay latent, yet they're genuine, pervasive and ingrained. via addressing the standard citizen in a simple to learn, jargon unfastened, genuine and non-ideological textual content, my wish is to start this technique of correcting american citizens’ frequently outrageous, but generally held and perpetuated ideals approximately Europe. If the dominant media retailers truly said the proof approximately Europe and America’s courting with its ecu allies, and if the typical American knew the significance of Europe to their very own, and our worldwide, overall healthiness, this publication will be pointless. in spite of the fact that, this isn't the case, making it critical to handle the ordinary and pervasive distortions, misperceptions or even flat-out lies approximately Europe, ecu rules, societies, and folks. Myths and distortions will be without delay destructive to our financial system, protection, and caliber of existence. voters aid coverage projects, vote, make investments, store and trip. In all of those components Europe is our most vital best friend, buying and selling accomplice, and resource of international funding. judgements taken in any of those parts, if according to myths and misperceptions, could have dire outcomes for the common citizen. the present fiscal problem, family reform proposals,  and America’s expanding attention of its relative decline--and elevated have to cooperate with others--makes a publication explaining the reality approximately our closest best friend important.

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This integration is augmenting distinctly national perspectives to create a truly European identity. One manifestation is EU citizenship awarded to every national of a member state. It complements national citizenship and carries a set of fundamental rights and obligations, such as the right not to be discriminated against on the basis of nationality, or the right to seek assistance from any member embassy if you are stuck abroad and your country lacks representation (an embassy or consulate). The invocation of “Europe” to encompass all countries in the region is common in the media, among experts, policy makers, and established academics.

First, democracies entail officials being elected by, and beholden to, the public. America’s founding fathers understood that the Republic’s constitution, norms, values, and institutions (what we today colloquially call democracy) depend for its success on the quality of citizens. Their opinions matter; citizens vote at the ballot box, with their wallet, and with their voices. Contemporary politicians (on the political left and right) constantly accuse each other and the media of distortions and bias, while they all express their desire for better informed citizens.

Foreign ministers, labor ministers, and so on, regularly meet with their colleagues form all countries to decide on a range of issues within their areas of responsibility. Though most issues require only a “qualified majority” (representing roughly two-thirds of countries and populations), the ministers prefer, and therefore seek, consensus whenever possible. All new EU agreements or laws of any sort require approval of the ministers in their respective councils. Any irresolvable problems are passed on to the ultimate decision makers, the heads of government (prime ministers, or in the case of France, the president) who meet four times annually as the European Council.

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