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BRIEFINGS AND STUDIES

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In this space EPLO makes available to stakeholders, students and the general public briefings, studies and publications focussing on EU-US legislative dialogue, EU-US relations, the European Union and transatlantic topics.

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Written by Jana TITIEVSKAIA - Since the 1980s onset of intensified sales competition between American and European civil aircraft manufacturers, aircraft trade has been a point of contention in transatlantic trade. Find out how this ongoing dispute continues to shape relations between the US and EU.
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Written by Elena LAZAROU - In August 2020, in the face of a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic and the democratic uprising in Belarus, the European Parliament (EP) and the United States Congress issued two joint statements in support of transatlantic responses to these crises. The extensive statement on the pandemic used the opportunity to call for transatlantic solidarity in a changing geopolitical environment particularly by reinvigorating multilateralism, countering authoritarianism and disinformation, bolstering transatlantic defence and fighting climate and nuclear threats. The signatories emphasised that, while transatlantic relations on the executive level had been problematic in recent years, the legislative track would remain “an open channel of cooperation and trust.”
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Written by Andrej AUERSPERGER-MATIC and Matthew PARRY. - The President and Vice-President of the United States of America are not elected directly by US voters, but rather by the Electoral College, a representative body composed of 538 electors chosen by voters in parallel contests in each of the 50 US states and the District of Columbia. How and why exactly did the US  adopt such a system?
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Written by Naja Bentzen - The potential of the ongoing pandemic to accelerate already existing or underlying trends has become particularly visible ahead of the Presidential election in the United States.
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Written by Carmen-Cristina CIRLIG and Matthew PARRY. - In August 2020, the two major political parties in the United States (US), the Democrats and the Republicans, formally nominated their respective candidates for the 59th US presidential election, which takes place on Tuesday, 3 November 2020. Learn about the one-of-a-kind race for the seat at the Resolute Desk.
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Written by Suzana ANGHEL, Beatrix IMMENKAMP, Elena LAZAROU,Jerôme Leon SAULNIER, Alex Benjamin WILSON - In confronting the EU with an unprecedented crisis, the coronavirus outbreak is testing the bloc's unity, but may also accelerate the construction of EU strategic autonomy, as the roadmap for recovery is implemented. Political will, still in the making, and the capacity to act are key prerequisites for achieving effective European strategic autonomy. 
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Written by Gisela GRIEGER - The 22nd EU-China Summit, originally scheduled for March 2020, was postponed owing to the Covid-19 pandemic. While other summits were simply cancelled or postponed indefinitely, the EU and China decided to hold the summit by video-link, on 22 June 2020. This decision testifies to the importance both sides attach to taking their complex relationship forward in difficult times.
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Written by Giullio SABBATI and Matthew PARRY. - Article One of the United States Constitution states, "All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives." Take a look at the 116th session of the American legislative body.
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Written by Joseph Dunne and Katharina Eisele, Joseph Dunne is Director of the European Parliament Liaison Office (EPLO) in Washington D.C. and Katharina Eisele is a Policy Analyst in the Ex-Ante Impact Assessment Unit of the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) in Brussels. The opinions expressed in this document are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not represent an official position of the European Parliament.
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