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Eastern Europe and EU

Attitudes in Europe towards the War: France and Germany versus the USA on Iraq

According to Robert Kagan and his new book (reference is in the bottom of the article) Europeans and Americans share a common view of the world but they have differences about a morality of power. Europeans are turning away from power to a "self-contained world of laws, rules and cooperation". The United States on the other hand is exercising the power, it feels that they have a strength and a moral mission to improve the world on their own rules. It looks as like Europeans and Americans traded the places. In the past the USA was far from interfering in international affairs of other countries, there was quite a skepticism to enter the WW II before Pearl Harbor even when Nazi occupied almost all Europe.

Read more: Attitudes in Europe towards the War: France and Germany versus the USA on Iraq

 

Europe's Stand on Iraq: Growing Division

The dilemma how a conflict with Saddam Hussein should be solved and whether the military action in Iraq is justified split the Europe. Iraqi question caused not only conflict between the USA and some European countries but it contributed to the growing division inside Europe. Not a good sign in the time when European Union is stronger than ever and it is expanding to the Eastern Europe. While the European governments are divided in their response to war the majority of common people in Western and also Eastern Europe are overwhelmingly against the war. According to several polls the average 70-90% of people are against it.

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EU Accession of Poland and other Eastern European Countries: A Deal is Reached

In December 2002 a meeting in Copenhagen took place where the expansion deal with ten candidate countries was reached. Among these countries four are ex-Soviet satellites (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Poland and Hungary), three belonged to Soviet Union before (Baltic Republics: Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia) and two are small countries from outside the Eastern Europe (Malta and Cyprus).

Read more: EU Accession of Poland and other Eastern European Countries: A Deal is Reached

   

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