Choices that weaken the sagging transatlantic alliance
December 03, 2009

Van Rompuy and Ashton may prove the doubters wrong, but until then the transatlantic partnership will remain troubled. In Washington, the selection of Herman van Rompuy as the president of the European Council and Catherine Ashton as the EU’s high representative for security and foreign policy has, in private, evoked outright laughter and disbelief among foreign policy experts and elected officials. The general consensus has been: “Why should we take the EU seriously when it obviously fails to take itself seriously?”