Current transatlantic conflicts are thus not mere political disagreements. They derive from the nature of the evolving relationship between the US and a European Union that considers itself the sovereign legatee of the European powers of the past, and has a conservative commitment to the preservation of international order.There we have it: "European Union that considers itself the sovereign legatee of the European powers of the past…". Does that sound like aspirations to be a "superpower", or what? How many more times do people have to say it – this one an ardent Europhile – before the nature of the EU's ambitions finally sinks in to the brains of the British political establishment?
Monday, February 21, 2005
How many more times?
In the Observer yesterday, commentator William Pfaff - an American "opinion writer" based in Paris – writes on "why Bush will fail in Europe". As the centrepiece of his argument, he writes: