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Dear Uncle Sam

Whoever is eventually declared the next American president will have to deal with a more assertive Europe

By Charles Grant   January 2001

Dear mr bush, we Europeans, as you know, have our doubts about a Bush presidency. We knew Al Gore and he knew us, while you have never set foot in Britain, France or Germany. You cancelled a pre-election tour of Europe. And some of your comments during the campaign-for example that Europe should send peacekeepers to Kosovo, when we already provide 80 per cent of them-made us wish that we could vote in your election.

However, your (probable) victory has not made us frantic. We got to know and respect your foreign policy team during your father’s presidency. So long…

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