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More recently, however, Europe does not look so homogeneous. ” The Italian general election of May 2001 brought Silvio Berlusconi to power. In November of that same year, Danish elections brought economic liberals to power in Denmark for the first time in eighty years. After elections in March 2002, Jose Manuel Durao Barroso, another economic liberal and admirer of Margaret Thatcher, became Portugal’s prime minister. In January 2003, a shaken center-right government took over the Netherlands, too, after a strange election marked by the assassination of the popular, maverick conservative leader, Pym Fortuyn.
The phenomenal success of American and European policy helped end the Cold War confrontation with a whimper rather than a bang. S. and European foreign policy through the transatlantic prism effectively came to an end. America’s and Europe’s immediate concerns have increasingly diverged—one focusing globally, the other locally. And the differences between them have been further accentuated by diverging perspectives of what drives the new age of global politics that replaced the familiar transatlantic world of the Cold War.
If it is true that Poland or Bulgaria might have little to offer the United States in the way of military hardware or technological capability, it is equally true that Belgium has little more. S. military—and even the British and French forces are comparatively tiny. What will matter to the United States, in the foreseeable future, are allies who can help provide bases, flyover rights, peacekeeping troops, and possibly the odd specialized chemical weapons or special operations troops, not to mention moral, political, and intelligence support.