February 19, 2003

Chirac To Bucharest, Sofia etc,

Chirac To Bucharest, Sofia etc, You've Been "Badly Brought Up"

Jacques is beginining to look as bumbling as Gerard Schroder. More reportage on his school-marm emoting at the EU summit here.

Some key language: "This will strengthen nationalist arguments," Mr. Gati said. "They will say the West is not only selfish but divided, and we can't count on it."

Sorin Ionita, director of the Romanian Academic Society, a leading think tank in Bucharest, said: "If France wants to lose all the sympathy it has in the East, this is the way to do it, to say you little guys will have to listen to us forever. You don't hear this kind of language from the United States."

Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain, who initiated one of the controversial letters supporting Washington, insisted today that the candidate countries should not be silenced.

"They have as much right to speak up as Great Britain or France or any other member of the European Union today," Mr. Blair said.

Posted by Gregory at February 19, 2003 07:51 AM
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