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Letter to Europe

In an open letter, Washington's top Europe-watcher proposes a "new deal" to help drag transatlantic relations out of their postwar low. The future of the west is at stake

By Philip Gordon   July 2004

Dear friends,

How did it come to this? I cannot remember a time when the gulf between Europeans and Americans was so wide. For the past couple of years, I have argued that the Iraq crisis was a sort of “perfect storm” unlikely to be repeated, and that many of the recent tensions resulted from the personalities and shortcomings of key actors on both sides. The transatlantic alliance has overcome many crises before, and given our common interests and values and the enormous challenges we face, I have been confident that we could also overcome this latest spat.

Now…

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