After five member states (The UK, Portugal, Spain, Italy and Denmark) signed the “Letter of Eight” supporting the position held by the USA, together with Hungary, the Czech Republic and Poland, without consulting the other members, while France and Germany went in the opposite direction, the European Union as a designation appears as ridiculous as ever.
Once again, when an important event arises, the Union is rent down the middle. It is this division which the Greek Presidency wishes to heal in Athens on 15th and 16th February. George Papandreou, the Greek Foreign Minister, has visited the Middle East recently and has high hopes that the Iraqi question will have a peaceful outcome.
John ASHTEAD PRAVDA.Ru LONDON UNITED KINGDOM
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