Monday, January 27, 2003

Cold War II-Item 5-Counting Heads-Interesting fallout from the Iraq pregame show.
The European Union remained split into two camps, with Britain siding with Washington in advocating military action sooner rather than later. Italy, Spain, Portugal, Denmark and the Netherlands largely agree. But France and Germany, joined by Austria, Belgium, Sweden and Luxembourg, insist that war can only come after a fresh UN. Security Council resolution.
With the exception of Austria, all the French allies are left-leaning. All of the British allies are right-of-center governments. The bloc leaders are a bit different, where Britian is lead by a nominally left-of-center government but with an activist foreign policy, while the French are lead by right-of-center but largely passive foreign policy. With a couple of explainable anomalies, Europe is breaking down along right-left lines. It will be interesting to see if the EU can survive the clashes that this will bring in the months and years to come.

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