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November 01, 2004



Doesn't surprise me that Schroeder and Chirac would find a Bush victory terribly convenient. But that's not quite the same as saying that France and Germany secretly want another four more years - the people in both countries have a very negative view of him.

Abiola Lapite

Yes, you're right that popular opinion in both countries is genuinely against his re-election. I was using "France" and "Germany" as a convenient shorthand for their political elites - call it an unfortunate holdover from the days when aristocrats like Castlereagh and Metternich determined European affairs over glasses of port.

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