Bush in Europe

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photoFour weeks after beginning his second term, U.S. President Bush is continuing his charm offensive through the Europe his first administration believed it could do without.

In a major speech in Brussels, Bush told leaders from old and new Europe that "no power on earth" could ever divide the two longtime allies. Never mind the administration's own divide and conquer approach in the lead-up to the war in Iraq. Now, it's time to kiss and make up.

But even as Bush praises the continent's transformation into a European Union with almost twice the population of the United States, some are wondering if a united Europe is all that good an idea.

Hear a discussion on whether the U.S. and Europe can and should speak as one on issues ranging from the Middle East to arms sales to China.


Daniel Domby, EU diplomatic correspondent, The Financial Times;

Dennis Bark, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and author of the forthcoming book "Dancing in the Dark: Conversations on Europe and America";

Charles Kupchan, professor of international relations, Georgetown University and director of Europe Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also former director for European Affairs on the National Security Council during the first Clinton administration;

Richard Morningstar, US ambassador to the European Union (1999-2001) and a lecturer in public policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

This program aired on February 22, 2005.


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