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George Mitchell, a powerbroker in the Senate for years as leader of the Democratic majority, still has a voice that counts in Washington and abroad, having built a career out of the belief that the world’s trickiest problems can be solved by negotiation.

But Europe should not expect special favours, he said in an interview with Prospect. “The United States led the way in the creation of international institutions in the aftermath of the second world war in an effort to secure the peace and promote stability and prosperity. Part of the purpose was to embed the major nations of…

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