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Multilateralists are convinced that second-term Bush will embrace them

By Charles Grant   December 2004

In the aftermath of George W Bush’s victory, Atlanticists and multilateralists in both Europe and America are immersed in gloom. Bush fought on a platform of “America first,” criticising his opponent for being too willing to consult allies and defer to the UN. The conservatives who dominate the Republican party do not see why they should treat Europe with greater respect. Meanwhile, many senior European policymakers who struggled to work with the first Bush administration are appalled at the idea of having to deal with an even more truculent and self-confident team in the second term. Some of them see…

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