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Shaken to the core

France will not be able to create a breakaway "core Europe" but don't expect the east Europeans to become Anglo-Saxon poodles

By Heather Grabbe   May 2003

Just as EU enlargement should be reuniting the continent, Iraq has exposed new patterns of division across Europe. Some of the cracks will close up again after the military campaign is over, as European leaders seek reconciliation. And, notwithstanding the deep disagreements over how to handle America, there is broad agreement about actual policies. The Europeans are united in wanting the UN to run the reconstruction of Iraq. They are also in general agreement on other areas of foreign policy, such as engagement with Iran and a new push on the road-map to middle east peace. The Balkans are becoming…

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