11 Settembre. Dieci anni dopo
Rivista di studi sulle transizioni
Anno X - Numero 25 - Giugno 2011
Victor Zaslavsky †
Editoriale di Gaetano Quagliariello
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Presentazione a "Le pagine della Politica", Rai Parlamento, 4 novembre 2011
L'Europa e gli Stati Uniti dopo l'11 settembre
The aim of the article is to offer an analysis on how September 11th and the linked international events have been perceived in Europe and have affected Euro-American relations. These relations went through different phases. After a first period, marked by an European sympathetic feeling towards the US, Bush’s decision to launch a military campaign against Saddam Hussein’s Iraq was opposed by many European governments and originated one of the most difficult phases in transatlantic relations.
This opposition not only led to a resilient hostility against American foreign policy within European public opinions, but also had significant consequences on European Union and on the political and intellectual debate about EU’s future. From 2004 to 2008 Europe and the Us seemed to look for a partial rapprochement, due to many internal and international factors. 2008 financial crisis, Obama’s victory and Bin Laden’s death put September 11th to the background: Europe and the US are definitively shelving it.