Interview: George Mitchell EU must solve its own problemsby Bronwen Maddox / July 18, 2012 / Leave a comment
Published in August 2012 issue of Prospect Magazine
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 Europe into a series of alliances that would make less likely the kinds of conflicts that occurred regularly in Europe’s history—and they have been remarkably successful.”
But Mitt Romney has stated that there will be no American help for the eurozone crisis, Mitchell noted, and even from the Obama administration, he said, “I think it is correct that there is unlikely to be any direct help,” other than through support by the International Monetary Fund.