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Bush's trip shows a changing role for the superpowers in Europe

George Bush's march across the Continent last week threw into sharp relief two major and intersecting historic trends. His foray into Poland and Hungary highlighted how Eastern Europe, at least in part, is tumbling toward greater independence from its Soviet overlords. His attendance at the Paris summit of industrialized nations at week's end illustrated, less intentionally, how Western Europe similarly continues to become more independent of the U.S. And Bush's skimpy aid offerings in Warsaw and Budapest showed that as the waning of the cold war hastens these shifts in Europe's tectonic plates, the U.S. is likely to find it both...

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