posted on Jun, 20 2005 @ 06:51 PM
WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President George W. Bush said he wanted the crisis-hit European Union to be a "strong" global partner, as he and
visiting EU leaders took a united approach to Iran, North Korea, and Lebanon.
"The United States continues to support a strong European Union as a partner in spreading freedom and democracy and security and prosperity
throughout the world," he said after the annual US-EU summit at the White House.
Bush spoke after meeting with Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, the current EU president; European Commission president Jose Manuel
Barroso; and EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana.
The European Union is reeling after its failure to agree on a long-term budget and the postponement of plans to adopt a constitution after French and
Dutch voters crushingly rejected the charter.
"We made clear in our frank and open and friendly talks with the president that the European Union is not (on) its knees," said Juncker, who has
warned that the 25-nation bloc may see its global influence shrink.
In a series of joint statements, the United States and the European Union declared a united front on issues like North Korea's nuclear weapons
programs, Iran's atomic energy ambitions, and recent elections in Lebanon.
Is he freaking crazy
, in anicase it may backfire to him. agree with him? that we need a strong EU? to me i think we need the EU, eeww sounds weird
wen it slips my tongue. but aniways we need EU for political force against nations like Iran and North Korea.
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[edit on 20-6-2005 by DontTreadOnMe]