The American elections and transatlantic implications

By Marta Palombo | 6 November 2012


This 6 November the whole world will be looking at the United States of America to see who will finally win the presidential race. Nouvelle Europe is a think tank dedicated to European affairs, but we think that the American elections matter for Europe too. This is why we have chosen to focus this month’s dossier on the connection between the two sides of the Atlantic.

While Delphine Roulland argues that the results of the American presidential elections will not greatly affect the situation of the old continent, Andreas Sowa claims that the competition between Republicans and Democrats in the US is an ideological competition, and that this should matter to Europe. The results of these elections could continue bringing  the US and the EU closer, or pull them apart again. This is what Piera Sciama and Tanguy Séné explain us, by exploring some issues at the heart of the welfare state in Europe and in America.

At the present moment, it is impossible to talk about Euro-American relations without mentioning our current greatest concern: it’s the economy (stupid!). Claire Bravard offers us her view on the differences in handling the issue of sovereign debt in Washington and Brussels. Claudia Louati points instead at the convergences and the search for common advantages, through the negotiation of a free trade agreement between the EU and the US.

The American elections are also a moment for Europeans to reflect on what we have in common with the Americans (or not). Alexis Chemblette explains something that Europeans often ask themselves: why does the American working class vote Republican? While Gizem Oztürk brings to this publication a very interesting interview of Dr. Donny Hayes by asking his opinion on voting behaviours in America and Europe. Arielle Giovannoni continues the topic of elections, exploring populism in the US and in Europe.

However, the moment of elections is not the only thing that can be compared: Chloé Fabre claims that EU and US can learn from each other through interesting lessons on multiculturalism. Marta Palombo opens the topic of foreign policy with an infamous thing that Barack Obama and the European Union have in common: a (very criticised) Nobel Peace Prize. Besides, Gizem Oztürk proposes another interview, with Michael Werz, on the topic of Turkish-American relations, a hot topic for the EU’s regional role. Last but definitely not least, for our French-speaking readers, Thomas Joissin explains us where American and European defence policies stand today, especially regarding of the NATO.

Finally, the UK is perhaps the bridge between the US and the EU. As editorial staff here in London, we are particularly conscious about how close America is to Europe. Therefore, while you are waiting to know who the next American president will be, we invite you to read this monthly dossier.

Enjoy, and may the best man win!

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Photo source: President of the European Council.