Great quote by British Historian Timothy Garton Ash at the end of an interview with Spiegel International: "Brussels spends more money on cleaners than it does on people thinking about European foreign policy."
Asked whether the EU would strongly oppose a possible war against Iran, he responded: "It's safe to say that Europe would be nearly unanimous on that count." But that's not enough unity for Garton Ash, who is one of the founders of the new European Council on Foreign Relations, which should "do the European thinking" and suggest policies to enable Europe to "speak with a clearer and more united voice to the rest of the world."The American (!) banker and philanthropist George Soros was "dissatisfied with the course of American foreign policy" and made a generous donation. So... Is the European Council on Foreign Relations supposed to come up with alternatives to US policy or even suggest opposition to the US?