Jean-Claude Juncker during opening of the EU elections campaign on April 27, 2014 in Sofia. (Credit: Anton Chalakov/Bigstock)
Jean-Claude Juncker during opening of the EU elections campaign on April 27, 2014 in Sofia. (Credit: Anton Chalakov/Bigstock) (via: bit.ly)

We often hear that Americans and Europeans share the same values, such as democracy, freedom, and the rule of law. This is certainly true. But the interpretation and implementation of these values in everyday political life can be different. There is one big difference that must be taken into account: The diplomatic revolution that has taken place in Europe has not happened in the United States. Whereas the goals, the means, and the legitimacy of foreign policy among European states have dramatically changed, Washington’s foreign policy still relies on classical goals and instruments like raison d´etat, Realpolitik, and war. These and other differences should be taken into account if we want to achieve a real transatlantic partnership.

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Wendelin Ettmayer

Austrian diplomat, politician, and author,

Wendelin Ettmayer is an Austrian diplomat, politician, and author, who was awarded his Doctorate in law at the University of Vienna in 1966. After graduating from the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna, he entered the Austrian diplomatic service in 1969. Following two years in the Austrian Foreign Ministry and time spent in military service, he was seconded to head the office of Alois Mock, then the deputy leader of the Christian Democratic People’s Party (ÖVP), and later foreign minister. Between 1977 and 1993 Ettmayer was a member of the Austrian National Parliament, deputy chairman of the Audit Committee, and a member of the committees on constitution, internal security, science and education, foreign affairs, and Austrian industries. He served as ambassador to Finland from 1994 to 2000 (with additional accreditation to Estonia), ambassador to Canada between 2000 and 2003 (with additional accreditation to Jamaica), and ambassador to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg from 2005 to 2008. From 2004 to 2005, Ettmayer held the position of head of department for bilateral and multilateral economic relations in the Austrian Foreign Ministry. Ambassador Ettmayer has published a number of articles and books on Austrian foreign policy, the role of diplomacy, the state of Europe and transatlantic relations.