Previewing the U.S.-EU Summit in Washington

November 27, 2011
Ambassador Kennard Previews 2011 USEU Summit

I arrived in Washington today, ahead of tomorrow's United States-European Union Summit where President Obama will welcome the leaders of the EU at the White House to discuss a broad range of issues of mutual concern and to see how we can work together to keep our strong partnership going forward.

The interesting quality of U.S.-EU summits is that unlike other summits we do not come to the table spending a lot of time trying to convince each other of things; we are usually already on the same team. It is more of a strategy session because we are partners on so many issues around the world.

The summit is an opportunity for President Obama to sit down with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, and High Representative Catherine Ashton. This meeting comes at an important time in the transatlantic relationship. I expect there to be a good and worthwhile discussion of the debt crisis, which affects us all profoundly. But we will also look beyond the crisis at the long-term economic relationship of the United States and the EU, and how we can leverage the power of our respective economies and our trading relationship to promote economic recovery and growth both in the United States and Europe.

The United States and the European Union form the largest economic relationship on the planet, dwarfing any other. We have a remarkably complex and close economic relationship, with roughly $4 trillion in investment and trade. The United States and the European Union have benefited immensely from our relationship, and the real story is that nearly all of this trade occurs without any friction, creating tremendous value for our companies that do business on both sides of the Atlantic.

Beyond economic issues, the summit agenda represents the continuing importance of the U.S.-EU partnership around the world, such as our joint work to support democracy and prosperity in the Arab Spring countries; our continuing coordination on Iran; and our commitment to improved transatlantic law enforcement and counterterrorism cooperation. The world looks to the United States and Europe on major issues, and transatlantic cooperation continues to provide the building blocks of international policymaking. To that end, the summit will be held in conjunction with three important groups: the Transatlantic Economic Council, the Forum on High-Level Regulatory Cooperation, and the U.S-EU Energy Council.

I'm looking forward to a great discussion with our friends across the Atlantic. Look for my updates throughout the summit tomorrow on Twitter @USAmbEU.



Adri D.
November 30, 2011

Adri D. in Indonesia writes:

Okay Good Luck for meeting tomorrow
Hope you guys get into a conclusion
God Bless

United States
November 27, 2011

Zharkov in the U.S.A. writes:

Isn't the US government relationship with the EU more of a servile, submissive, sychophantic and obsequious one rather than one of partnership?

If not, then how could it happen that EU banks received US tax money before any relief was offered to US homeowners?

When did US taxpayers vote to become liable for the "partnership" debts of the European Union?

Why did a European-style value added tax get injected into the 2012 election debate?

Why does our government consider itself part of the EU "team" which happens to include Britain, a nation against whom we declared independence?

Who is really running the show in D.C., Americans or foreign interests?

November 30, 2011

W.W. writes:

IT will fall as an house of cards...

November 28, 2011

W.W. writes:

@USAmbEU #Obama #Barroso #vanrompuy #eu #useusummit : the challenge is to eliminate current #financial terrorism and its leader

Current oligharchic western society acted against humanity worse then violent islam (at least you can try and stand defending yrself against violence and fight back) violating codes and regulation raping liberty fraternity and equality among people.
and this must end today

This society and its leader violated

Prosperity security and peace must be restored now with 1 world leader 1 world nation 1 world bank through royalty

November 30, 2011

W.W. writes:

Is there anything holy left ?

New Mexico, USA
November 29, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ Amb. Kennard,


Some posting comment here must feel the US/EU summit is a celebration of our diversity of indebtedness.

Rather than an attepmt to work out these problems for the betterment of all our citizens.

Looking forward to your "after-action report" in the war of economic ideas, and what if any decisions have been made with regards to Assad the asinine and his army of ethical infants, now that the Arab league has weighed in on the malfuntion of "behavior change" with considerable sanctions.

Best Regards,


Massachusetts, USA
November 29, 2011

Maureen in Massachusetts writes:

"We, the leaders of the United States and the European Union, met today at the White House to affirm our close partnership."

In response to the comments thus far...recommended reading: All 23 points on US-EU Joint Statement: Summit Nov. 28 (

November 29, 2011

John in Canada writes:

The Europeans problems are just getting started.

Talking leadership and their agreements are worthless when the people on the ground have different opinions and concerns.

Great the leadership can hold hands and smile but this does nothing for the reality of a large percentage of people.

@ww - one world government would be a total, massive failure of epic proportions - if any one really truly aspires to such a goal - they are foolish.

This is 2011 - forget royalty -they do not represent freedom nor are they capable of leading future nations.(just look at past and current performance)

If royalty had any sense the union jack would still be flying around the world - its not. Its not because many generations of royals just screwed things up (its all in the way they think)- look at England today - they are in deep trouble and it will worsen. Look at their former empire - talk about failure.

You want that for your future?

How about royalty Saudi style? Perhaps Thai style where criticism gets you thrown in jail - isn't an American citizen languishing in a Thai jail right now for just such an offence?

How many deaths/wars/corruption over centuries are directly related to royal rulers?

Frankly I cant comprehend who would wish to be a king or queen - birds in a gilded cage are still caged.

People need to give their head a shake - loyalty is a two way street but royalty's loyalty is all about their own.

Me personally -I would give a pass on the dark ages, feudal concept of leadership, its totally not democratic at all.

United States
November 30, 2011

Zharkov in the U.S.A. writes:

Joint statements of talking points are for public policy wonks rather than operational use, and act as a cover story to implement an agenda that is often entirely opposite.

What matters are non-public agreements and secret understandings to implement agendas made elsewhere at private meetings. Those agenda policies are slowly infiltrated into our bureaucracy, like UN Agenda 21, without formal discussion or debate in our Congress and legislatures.

As the Ambassador wrote, the agenda was written and agreements already made before the summit.


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