Deep rifts between the United States and the Islamic world, between the USA and many of its traditional European allies and partners, and within the European Union (including its future memebers) are among the many “collateral damages” which the Iraq war has caused. Bridging and, in the end, closing these rifts will require a more enlightened leadership on both sides of the Atlantic and in the Arab world than we have seen in the past months. Such leadership is indispensable for the world to prosper and the world economy to recover and grow. What are possible European elements of such a leadership and what could be the EU’s role? What lessons are to be drawn from the crisis?
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