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Don’t panic

The US and Europe are not standing on opposite sides of the moral map. Stategic consensus will be much simpler once the EU starts to carry more of the security burden

By Antony Blinken   May 2001

Earlier this year the US defence secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, made an important speech before an audience of European diplomats and military experts in Munich. His remarks were temperate in tone. But their substance-including strong support for national missile defence (NMD), scepticism about Europe’s proposed rapid reaction force, and agnosticism about keeping US troops in the Balkans -left many Europeans deeply unsettled about the future of US-European relations.

Now many Europeans are confused as well as unsettled-and so is the new administration. Colin Powell, secretary of state, has staked out positions contrary to those of Rumsfeld and other conservatives; he is…

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