Big Guys Still Call the Shots

To put it charitably, the war on terrorism has not played to the strengths of the European Union. The E.U. has no military capability to commit to the campaign in Afghanistan and until now it has managed only the most rudimentary coordination of police and justice systems.

Intelligence sharing, though more focused than ever in the face of a common recognized foe, remains an entirely national prerogative. But why rub it in? More than once since Sept. 11, European leaders have seemed eager to do just that. Jacques Chirac, Gerhard Schröder and Tony Blair held a minisummit...

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