ON-Lion Letter
As new leaders take power in Great Britain, France, and Germany pledging to work more closely with the United States, public expectations in Europe and America about a renewed transatlantic partnership lag behind these leaders' rhetoric, according to the international "Transatlantic Trends 2007" survey.  The annual survey is a project of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) in Washington, D.C., and the Campagnia di San Paolo in Turin, Italy.

"As we look ahead to 2008, it will take more than changes in leadership to mend past rifts," GMF president Craig Kennedy said.  "Greater openness and a willingness to work together across the Atlantic will be needed as the world continues to struggle with an increase in global threats."

New leaders Gordon Brown of Britain, Nicolas Sarkozy of France, and Angela Merkel of Germany have all promised to improve ties with the U.S., and many observers see the 2008 American presidential election as a chance for adding even more renewed strength in the transatlantic relationship. 

In Europe, though, according to the survey, 46% of respondents believe relations will remain the same and 35% fell that relations will improve.  In the U.S., 42% feel relations will improve and 37% feel they will stay the same.

In America, 58% of Democrats feel relations will improve after the elections, compared to only 26% of Republicans.  Fifty-four percent of Republicans feel relations will remain the same.

The comprehensive survey, now in its sixth year, measures broad public opinion in the U.S. and 12 European countries.  Participants are asked their views on each other and global threats, foreign-policy objectives, world leadership, and multilateral institutions.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports projects at GMF.
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