The Return of Europe

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photoThanksgiving is a famous American holiday that celebrates the country's good fortune, its pluck and prosperity. But don't think for a moment, says Washington Post correspondent T.R. Reid, that blessings and pluck are the province of America alone.

In a new book, T.R. Reid says Europe, not the U.S., is the emerging superpower on a roll. Though the U.S. talks louder and swings a bigger military stick, it is Europe that is steadily building the framework of the 21st century, argues Reid.

What does Reid base his conclusions on? The Euro is overtaking the dollar. European firms are whipping their American counterparts in global markets. The 25-member European Union now boasts a population greater than that of the United States.

Hear a conversation with T.R. Reid on the return of Europe and how the U.S. can benefit from it.


T.R. Reid, correspondent for The Washington Post, from 1990-1996, served as Tokyo bureau chief, headed up London bureau 1997-2002, now Rocky Mountain bureau chief, author of the new book "The United States of Europe: The New Superpower and the End of American Supremacy."

This program aired on November 24, 2004.

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