The Resilient Partner Beyond Crises: EU Perceptions in the United States
The findings in this chapter indicate that the US perceives the EU from different angles, but two general trends seem to be dominant: first, a very deep trust in the relationship with the EU, despite some sporadic misunderstandings and occasional disagreements; and second, fluctuating perceptions/images of the EU depending on the political context in the US and the EU news cycle relying heavily on crises, dramas and scandals. As demonstrated throughout this chapter, the image of the EU is shaped by its ‘market’ identity due to a perception that the EU is an influential economic and trade partner. However, the recent Eurozone debt crisis, anemic economic growth, market regulations and complex institutional design have all negatively affected the way the EU is understood in the US. Furthermore, the US has utilized Europe’s challenges in order to minimize similar domestic and economic challenges, including but not limited to issues of populism, migration and unease with globalization.
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