Transatlantic Trends: Key Findings 2009
Yesterday, the German Marshall Fund published a new interesting study, Transatlantic Trends: Key Findings 2009. You may access the study here: www.transatlantictrends.org/trends/
On August 31st, Bruce Stokes previewed the economic aspects of the study for our members. Some numbers to note are: more than half of Europeans (53%) think that strong U.S. leadership on world economic affairs is desirable with 79% of the respondents in the Europe approving of the U.S. Administration’s handling of international economic affairs. In addition, 80% of Europeans would like to keep their markets open to international trade to hold down prices for consumers. Not bad for European confidence and a good signal for the policy-makers on the eve of crucial appointments to the next EU Commission.
We view these as good indicators for the upcoming Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC) meeting that will take place on October 27th in Washington. In preparation for the TEC meeting, along with our European partner, BusinessEurope, we have released a joint statement on the TEC with our recommendations for their upcoming meeting.