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A European offers a tentative welcome to Philip Gordon's new deal but insists that the test of commitment to that deal cannot be the level of European support in Iraq

Dear Philip. Talk of “friendship” in international relations is always a slippery business, but informed Europeans know you really are a friend of Europe. You take Europe seriously – whereas one of the biggest problems in transatlantic relations at the moment is that most Americans do not. You know what you are talking about. And you propose a new transatlantic deal.

So do we. In my new book, Free World: Why a Crisis of the West Reveals the Opportunity of our Time, I argue, as the subtitle suggests, that the crisis which climaxed over Iraq exposes a tremendous opportunity –…

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