America's global dominance as a superpower is unprecedented. In the last year of the century, the US has reeled off its ninth consecutive year of growth, in contrast to old Europe emerging joylessly from its welfare-state cocoon. But the US, deep down, mistrusts the old quarrelsome and ungrateful continent. They see us as all style and no substance. Right until the last moment they didn't think the euro would work. Like Gulliver, America is getting cross with us Lilliputians. They're pushing us around, not least at the World Trade Organisation in the banana and hormone-stuffed beef wars. They've made the world in their own image with their ads, jeans, Disney and jazz, and they're doing it again with the English language, on the internet ... But it's time for us to stop our whining about these problems. Only a truly united Europe will be prosperous enough to defend its legitimate identity.
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