EUROPE: Toward the Summit of Truth

"At the Copenhagen summit," said a top-ranking American diplomat last week, "Europe will make its declaration of independence." That prediction is potentially true, possibly exaggerated. A Liberty Bell will not be rung in Copenhagen, but the statement of principles that is expected to come out of an extraordinary meeting of Western Europe's heads of government this week may one day be considered as symbolically important to Europeans as the Declaration of Independence is to Americans. A generation after the end of World War II, Western Europe seems determined to begin charting its own course—independent of the U.S.

Europeans have often...

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