Lackluster EU-U.S. Summit Highlights Lack Of Strategic Depth In Relationship
Arvamus 04 Nov 2009  EWR
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Ahto Lobjakas, RFE/RL
BRUSSELS -- This week's EU-U.S. summit will go down as a unmemorable affair.

Neither the European Union nor the United States could claim any breakthroughs after a lackluster two-day meeting that ended in Washington on November 4.

The EU failed to secure any concessions from the United States on climate change, its current top concern. And U.S. interest in the EU visit appeared cursory at best, with most attention focused on German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was in town on the same day.

A polite but visibly unenthusiastic U.S. President Barack Obama had little to offer to an EU delegation led by the Swedish Prime Minister Frederik Reinfeldt, whose country holds the bloc's rotating presidency, and the president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso.

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