All Roads Don’t Lead to Brussels (But Most Do): European Integration and Transatlantic Relations

  • John Peterson
Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics book series (PSEUP)


Peterson argues that America’s attitude toward European integration often reflects a mixture of ambivalence and ineffectuality. The USA has at times viewed the emergence of what is now the European Union (EU) with suspicion and even hostility, although it has mostly supported European integration. His chapter develops two arguments. First, transatlantic relations in the twenty-first century are primarily—by no means exclusively—conducted through the US-EU channel. On issues from counterterrorism to financial regulation to cybersecurity, the USA mainly engages Europe via Brussels. Second, the progress of European integration over time has had the effect of focusing USA attention on the EU itself. By accident or design, by extolling or opposing it, the USA has been an important regulator of European integration.


European integration Transatlantic relations 


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  • John Peterson
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  1. 1.University of EdinburghEdinburghUK

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