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A leading German foreign policy expert says the US should become postmodern

By prospect   September 2004

The new deal proposed by Philip H Gordon (Prospect, July) to help drag transatlantic relations out of their post-Iraq low is too nostalgic. America should be nicer to Europe, he suggests, and then Europe will support America again. But, as David Marquand pointed out in the last issue, the status quo ante will no longer work. How can Europe respect America’s special responsibility for global security when large majorities in Europe believe that the way the US handles foreign policy puts them at greater risk? We do not want to provide legitimacy for international actions of which we disapprove. We…

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