He's All Ears

Christopher Morris—VII for TIME

IT'S GOOD TO TALK: Bush with Czech President Vaclav Klaus, left, and Luxembourg PM Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels

The strongest hint that George W. Bush might actually have changed his thinking about Europe came not during his big speech in Brussels last week — the centerpiece of his four-day, three-country European tour — but in a much more low-key forum. Seated at a table in Mainz with a group of young German professionals, Bush tried to put the transatlantic alliance into perspective. After 9/11, he said, the U.S. and Europe developed very different views about global security — and he conceded that occasionally caused leaders to mistake each other's meaning. "Sometimes we talk past each other," said...

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