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Powerless Europe

Washington is not listening to European leaders at present-not even to Tony Blair.

By Charles Grant   March 2002

Europe’s leaders are finding it hard to cope with the swashbuckling style and policies of the Bush administration. They acknowledge the skill with which it reacted to the terrorist attacks and ran the war in Afghanistan. But they despair at the Bush team’s contempt for “nation-building” and its lack of interest in the causes of terrorism. Consider the following comment from a senior figure in the British ministry of defence, a deeply pro-American institution, in January 2002:

“In order to help the US war effort, we are spending large amounts of money, for example by providing air tankers for US…

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