European-American relations have dramatically improved since the election of President Obama. But the hope in Washington that the Lisbon Treaty would lead to a coherent EU foreign policy hasn't yet been fulfilled.
The pleas coming out of the US, urging Europe to act as an effective global player alongside Washington are legendary. For decades, US administrations - both Democratic or Republican - have been complaining that the economic giant that is Europe punches way below its weight in world politics. And they have been cajoling the Europeans incessantly to engage in burden-sharing and get their act together.
Of course nothing changed substantially - until the Lisbon Treaty came around and with it the chance for a serious overhaul of Europe's decision-making process in the foreign policy arena.
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Should Europe even try to speak with one voice on foreign policy?