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European Union Notes Disagreements With Bush Administration by Khalida
February 2, 2009, 10:14 am
Filed under: February Volume I- 2009, World | Tags:

During the past eight years, the Bush Administration lost ground on international fronts regarding social and diplomatic issues.  While most of the world sought the need to work jointly on prevailing concerns such as international diplomacy and climate change, the former administration did not lend a reasonable ear to the agendas of these countries. One of these nations, the European Union, has recently, openly expressed it’s frustration with the Bush Administration. An incredibly revealing EU report issued last month entitled, The EU and the World in 2009: European Perspectives on the New American Policy Agenda,  uncovers many of the disappointments that the EU faced while Mr. Bush was in office. “The last few years have shown that no multilateral initiatives undertaken to address the importance of international governance can be effective without the US.” the report reads. “ The results of a lack of US involvement …are all too evident in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict…and global issues such as the environment or international justice.”
The EU’s desire to work together with the US and become more inclusive of other nations (for example countries in Africa) as opposed to exclusive was made evident as well, “…the West needs the rest, but there will be no full contribution of the ‘rest’ without fairer representation.  That is why international institutions need to be recalibrated in order to become more inclusive.”


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