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Europe's Crisis
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by Arthur Waldron, Ph.D
Published on February 1st, 2005

The great transatlantic European-American divorce, about which we have heard so much: is it really going to take place?

A few months ago, from the other side of the Atlantic, it looked like a done deal. Seldom had the sheer weight of European opinion seemed so monolithically averse not only to American policies but to the American character, especially as represented by President George W. Bush. Before the November election, polls of the British parliament suggested that 87 percent of that body’s members would have voted for John Kerry; among Tories, only 2 percent stated that they would be “delighted” by Bush’s reelection. After the event took place, Le Soir of Brussels spoke for many in characterizing the reaction of European elites as “no longer about policy, but a matter of rage”—rage, the paper elsewhere went on to explain, over America’s “anaesthetization by a detestable mixture of economic-financial interest groups, blind militarism, religious fundamentalism, and neoconservative propaganda.”

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