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By Manneken Pis   79

An inconvenient war

It would be an exaggeration to say that official Brussels is eagerly awaiting the outbreak of hostilities with Iraq. In fact, it would be a downright lie. As well as the usual worries about international chaos, Islamic terrorism and US imperialism, there is the disquieting thought that global conflagration may overshadow the next two EU summits, which are meant to nail down the enlargement of the union. And all the exhalations at the European constitutional convention about the need for a single European foreign policy may get an embarrassing reality check if the EU’s leading nations continue…

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