While the USA got 0.3 the EU with its 27 states counts 0.5 billion inhabitants whereas China's amount to 1.3 and India's to 1.1 bln.
Europe and United States, 1944-2006:
Two Destinies in an Uncertain World
© Prof. Gérard Bossuat...*
Europeans already know a great deal about Chinese or Indian powers because of delocalisation and Asiatic investments in Europe. The President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barosso, said in October 2005: »Now, China ranks third in the world in terms of its volume of foreign merchandise trade, after the EU and the US. How many of you think it will remain in third position? Europeans know that EU uses growth of China or India. EU is the first partner of China and its first provider of advanced technologies. The Commission thinks Europe doesn't have to be afraid by the growth desire of Indian and Chinese peoples ("desire for growth on the parts of the Indians and Chinese")«...
What future for EU in the transatlantic relation?
Although we know that the European Union is not an equal partner with the United States, it is deeply involved in international relations, and often on its own terms. Is Europe able to be anything else than on a spoke of the world wheel operated by Washington, as Josef Joffe suggests?...
An Atlantic partnership is acceptable if European Cultural, Linguistic, Social and Economic diversities are preserved. And however Europe feels a threat through Globalisation which is so often seen as an instrument of Americanisation. The European Union is weak but not drifting...
* Institute of European Studies - University of California, Berkeley (California), 2006 - Excerpts