A Wider Ocean Splits the U.S. and Europe

Disagreement over Iraq, America's dismissive attitude toward the Continent, and economic inequality threaten to create an enduring rift

Two years ago when the World Economic Forum assembled here in Davos, Switzerland, Colorado Governor Bill Owens was one of the few Republican officeholders from the U.S. to cross the Atlantic for the occasion. President George W. Bush had been in office only a few days, and one of the last things on the minds of Bush or his advisers was dropping in on a European confab that had been a multilateral lovefest for the Clintonites over the previous eight years.

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