Rebuilding Iraq and reigning in Iran’s nuclear ambitions look set to dominate the third day of George W. Bush’s trip to Europe. They were the hot topics on the table on Tuesday as the US President visited NATO and EU leaders in Brussels and the issues are expected to be among the main talking points when Bush meets German Chancellor, Gerhard Schroeder. The Brussels gathering was all about putting on a show of unity and re-establishing transatlantic ties.
The EU offered to help to train Iraq’s security forces and endorsed efforts to engage Iran diplomatically. There was also agreement that Russia must be encouraged to firmly embrace democracy. President Bush said: “I think it’s very important that President Putin hear not only from me in private, which he will, but also hear some of the concerns I heard around the table today”. But not everyone was reading the same script. France and Germany renewed calls for a reform of transatlantic relations. They want the EU to be given more weight as America’s key partner, rather than to NATO, the alliance Washington still dominates