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Goodbye, the west

There can be no "new deal" between Europe and America as proposed last month by Philip Gordon. The world has changed irrevocably

By David Marquand   August 2004

Reading the exchange between Philip Gordon and Timothy Garton Ash in last month’s Prospect I was irresistibly reminded of medieval schoolmen desperately trying to reconcile Ptolemaic astronomy with inconvenient facts. Gordon and Garton Ash appear to disagree. Gordon wants to restore transatlantic harmony with a “new deal.” Europeans would accept US leadership, stop trying to constrain US power and send troops to Iraq. In return, they would have a seat at the top table. Garton Ash agrees that a “new deal” would be a good idea, but thinks it would be fatal to try to launch it in Iraq. But…

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