Get Ready For A New Kind Of Union

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AMONG FRIENDS: British Prime Minister Tony Blair at the Copenhagen Summit

Dear Joschka," began the letter Colin Powell recently sent to German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer. "Although the U.S. is not a member of the E.U. ... " And that's where the U.S. Secretary of State's missive might as well have ended. Powell went on to write that the European Union must "act boldly to expand the zone of stability and prosperity" by offering Turkey "a firm date" for starting talks on its accession to the E.U. While some European leaders — notably Tony Blair, Silvio Berlusconi, José María Aznar and Costas Simitis — agreed in principle with Powell's argument, many Europeans...

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