BRIEFINGS AND STUDIES
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.
Written by Louise VAN SCHAIK, Ties DAMS - There is no way back for transatlantic politics; in recent years it has suffered severe setbacks that cannot be undone. Although the Biden win promises opportunities for EU-US cooperation, the EU’s drive for strategic autonomy will not stop here. It is high time to look afresh at the very foundations of the transatlantic partnership, in light of not only the politics of today, but also the structural trends in the global balance of power and the lasting institutional ties between the two continents.Read more : No Way Back - Why the transatlantic future needs a stronger EU
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.Read more : EU-US Dispute Over Civil Aircraft Subsidies
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.”Read more : Transatlantic parliamentary diplomacy - Contributing to the future of transatlantic relations
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?Read more : The role of the Electoral College in US presidential elections
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.Read more : Coronavirus in the 'Disunited States of America'
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.Read more : Understanding US Presidential Elections
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.Read more : On the Path to 'Strategic Autonomy' - The EU in an evolving geopolitical environment
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.Read more : EU-China Relations: Taking stock after the 2020 EU-China Summit
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.Read more : The United States Congress: Facts & Figures
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.Read more : Ex-Ante Impact Assessment In The EU