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More European support for US policies

“The Economist” believes that the Bush administration’s “new approach in foreign policy is gradually winning even the Europeans over” and refers to a better transatlantic dialogue, but remarks:

But how to get a confidential discussion going, with 25 countries on the European side? One idea is to revive the “Quad” of America, Britain, France and Germany, perhaps with the addition of Poland and Italy.

The other problem is that the sort of world-shaping dialogue America is keen to have with Europe over China, and much else, is one that EU leaders have never yet had among themselves. By taking the EU seriously as a partner, Mr Bush may force its leaders to start thinking strategically about the world beyond their back yard. That would be an achievement.


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