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Choosing Europe

Timothy Garton Ash has written an ambitious book about the future of the west. But he is too sanguine about EU-US relations and will not accept that Britain does, sometimes, have to choose between them

By Charles Grant   September 2004

At his best, Timothy Garton Ash is the closest we have to a George Orwell in today’s Britain. Like Orwell, he shuns jargon, dressing up common sense in elegant prose. And like Orwell, he is unabashed about taking the kind of moral stance that the cynical will smirk at – in his new book, he urges readers to donate 1 per cent of their income to poverty reduction in poor countries.

Unlike Garton Ash, Orwell was a waspish member of the awkward squad and inclined to pessimism. Garton Ash – at least in his bold and ambitious new book -…

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