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if Blair showed some flexibility, he would get a lot of allies from people that cannot stand France's pushy ways on this topic (and others, but this one especially). with a little something for the central europeans, some guarantees to Spain that they don't lose all help, and a nod the Germany to help them pay slightly less, suddenly you'd have a compromise where France is isolated behind an undefensible position.

with Chirac weakened at home and the common wisdom that France et al. are economic basket cases (which I dispute to some extent, but that's another topic - the perception is there anyway, both inside and outside France), the pressure on Chirac would be massive, and Blair would have the bases of a new coalition - to do something, if he only cared to do something.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Mon Jun 20th, 2005 at 10:49:26 AM EST
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