Transatlantic rift

Transatlantic rift: How to bring the two sides together

05 September 2003

The Iraq conflict divided the West into two hostile camps. The rifts that run across the Atlantic and among the Europeans show few signs of disappearing. Charles Grant's report shows how human error and longer-term economic, political and military changes have undermined western unity. He concludes that a healthy transatlantic relationship is not possible so long as Britain and France hold very different views on how to deal with the US. They should jointly agree on the idea of a stronger Europe that is usually supportive of US policies, but one that is capable of acting autonomously and saying no the US on matters of vital importance.

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