Many EU Representatives Snub Wolfowitz

Here’s a tip: if you’ve publicly expressed skepticism about a political nomination, and the nominee actually makes an effort to address your concerns, the least you can do is lend an ear.

Most of the EU Cast Miss Wolfowitz ‘Audition’ (FT)

Paul Wolfowitz, the US nominee to head the World Bank, on Wednesday gave what one minister described as “a positive signal†by making a flying visit to Brussels to help alleviate European concerns about his appointment.

However, as he boarded his United Airlines flight back to Washington just five hours after landing, Mr Wolfowitz might not have felt so positive about the European turnout.

Only seven out of the 25 European Union member states were represented by a minister or secretary of state at Wednesday’s meeting. This was in spite of the fact that EU finance ministers had insisted on holding such an audition before Mr Wolfowitz’s expected election as World Bank president in Washington on Thursday.

Granted, such meetings tend to be more theatrical than substantive.

Nonetheless, one official described the poor turnout as “a fiasco†and “truly humiliating considering that we [the EU] supposely had serious concerns that we really needed to discuss with him and that, perhaps against expectations, he did bother to show upâ€.


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Robert Garcia Tagorda
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Robert blogged prolifically at OTB from November 2004 to August 2005, when career demands took him in a different direction. He graduated summa cum laude from Claremont McKenna College with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics and earned his Master in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.


  1. M. Murcek says:

    Generally, it’s a bad idea to go around treating people as if you do not take them seriously when you yourself want to be taken seriously.

    Take the EU seriously? Please…

  2. Has anyone reported the names of all the countries and their ministers who decided to snub Wolfowitz?Or will the press protect them by helping them remain at least semi-anonymous?

  3. Ol' BC says:

    Oh Diane, some of us noticed.

  4. Jack Tanner says:

    Arrogant posing is the EU equivalent of doing something.