Report warns EU losing influence in US

December 17, 2010 14:31

BRUSSELS — A European Union report warns that the United States is increasingly looking to partners in other parts of the world because Europe is no longer its main strategic priority.

In her first report to EU leaders, foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said that to achieve its objectives with Washington, Europe needs to show unity because the US "will continue to want a strong and capable EU."

Ashton said the US needs help in achieving its global objectives, and it expects the EU to "manage its own neighborhood."

The foreign policy report comes after repeated warnings that EU influence is waning. Earlier this year, US President Barack Obama canceled a meeting with top EU officials — brief talks were instead held last month on the sidelines of a NATO summit.

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