Financial Times reports Chirac and Schroeder are working diligently to restore unity within the EU created by their antics leading up to the Iraq war.

There are clear signs that both are concerned about becoming isolated as the Anglo-American alliance gets stronger and former Eastern European states create a major re-alignment within the EU itself. Unless they radically restructure their governments, economies, and societies, France and Germany will never again dominate Europe in the way they once did.

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  1. Blogeline says:

    Well, Schroeder has come under some criticism because of other issues lately. It seems that the Germans are not very happy anymore. Plus, he only won by a small margin last year when he was re-elected.
    I mus admit I voted for him in 1998 but did not vote at all last year because I was already living in the US.