Conflicted Europe

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    October 3, 2005
    Conflicted Europe
    By Victor Davis Hanson
    October 3, 2005

    After the 2000 elections, George W. Bush became president without a majority vote. Many Europeans snickered at the sorry spectacle of the world’s oldest continuous democracy devolving into Third-World election chaos. Few critics cared to hear about the nature of America’s two-century-old Electoral College.

    But the same sort of electoral paralysis now holds Germany. Even though Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union won a close popular vote over Gerhard Schroder’s Social Democratic Party Sept. 18, no one knows who will be the new chancellor.

    Most Americans admire Europe’s cultivated lifestyle, public transportation and sophisticated take on world affairs. But they are puzzled as to why Europeans — well before the election of Bush — seemed to have defined themselves as the anti-United States.

    Is it because they don’t need us anymore to keep Soviets from their borders? Have they forgotten American sacrifices in two European world wars? Or is it that the European Union is doing no better than the United States and often a lot worse? That frustration might explain why Europe’s proud, cultured citizens seem so unhappy with — or envious of — us yokels.

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