US sanctions and Europe

US President George W. Bush has a foreign-policy problem that oil and gas companies can help solve. It involves Europe. And it relates to the abilities of US companies to pursue international opportunities.Bush's trip to Mexico last week, taken in the US as altogether fitting, raised eyebrows in European capitals. Did this first visit by the new president outside the US represent a snub to allies across the Atlantic? Did it mean a shift of foreign-policy attention to the Western Hemisphere? Was there a hint of retaliation in it for the European Union's step late last year toward formation of an all-Europe military force?If, indeed, hidden signals infused Bush's meeting with Me...

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