European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and other EU leaders congratulated Senator Obama on his election, expressing hope that there would be "renewed commitment" from Europe and the United States to tackling the ongoing financial crisis and foreign policy issues.
More than 150 heads of state and national representatives met at UN headquarters in New York yesterday (24 September) for a discussion on climate change. US President George W. Bush, who is hosting a separate meeting on the issue later this week, attended dinner but not the talks.
The transatlantic relationship is marked by the fact that the US needs the EU to boost the legitimacy of its operations, says Council Director Jim Cloos, in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV on the trends in the EU's foreign policy.
The transatlantic relationship is of a far too wide ranging importance to be destroyed by squabbles such as the run-up to the Iraq war. The USA needs the EU and vice versa, argues Council director Jim Cloos.
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The EU and US agreed they "had a good discussion on the common challenges facing the United States and the European Union". Most time was spent on the Middle East and the fight against terrorism, little was agreed on trade issues.