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September 23, 2010 | Unrequited Love: The Anglo-American "Special Relationship"

Eoin Michael Heaney : Recent events including the Gulf oil spill and another confrontation between the UK and Argentina over the Falkland Islands have prompted the British press to lament the demise of the Special Relationship. But in fact, the success of the partnership is all down to personality and always has been.

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April 1, 2009 | US-UK Relationship: Not so Special Anymore

William Wallace and Christopher Phillips: The “special relationship” between the US and the UK has been characterized as the preeminent transatlantic bond. But the relationship differs as presidents and prime ministers change. The Obama administration is interested in a partnership with the major European states collectively more than with the UK alone.

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July 17, 2007 | Will Brown's Dinner With Merkel Leave Bush Hungry?

Dear readers:, what do you make of Gordon Brown’s decision to take his first trip as prime minister to Berlin, rather than to Washington? Is Great Britain moving closer to Germany (and the EU), while the “special relationship” with the US takes a dive?

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March 8, 2012 | Sally McNamara, The Heritage Foundation

Sally McNamara is a Senior Policy Analyst in European Affairs at The Heritage Foundation’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom.
Formerly the Director of International Relations for the American Legislative Exchange Council, McNamara joined Heritage in 2006 and now concentrates on American relations with the European Union and European countries, with particular focus on economic reform

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July 20, 2010 | The Special Relationship is No Longer So Special

David Cameron’s first visit to the White House will be accompanied by the usual pomp and circumstance, but the special relationship between the UK and the US is devoid of any real substance. ++ Obama and Cameron do not share common ground on domestic or economic issues, and the UK has lost its significance in trade to the EU. ++ With the legacies of 9/11 and Iraq fading, the relationship

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March 9, 2009 | An Empty Special Relationship

Gordon Brown, like several of his predecessors, is incapable of admitting how unbalanced the UK’s special relationship with the US really is.++ But has it ever been a relationship amongst equals? ++ Even Churchill, who coined the phrase, was aware of how uneven the relationship was. ++ The disequilibrium reached its peak with Blair; his behavior towards the US highlighted “how much of a satellite

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