THE RIVALS (II): How Europe Looks at America

THIS is a marriage that has arrived at middle age," says Italian Columnist Arrigo Levi of the longstanding relationship between the U.S. and Europe. "It needs some sexual stimulation." This year the diplomatic stimulation across the Atlantic will be more intense than it has been in years. It will take place in a changed atmosphere: the old and comfortable relationship of a protective America and a dependent Europe has given way to one of rivalry.

If anything, this new relationship is likely to intensify Europe's perennial if ambiguous fascination with the mystery that...

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