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Vol 44 No 10

Published 16th May 2003


Hands across the water

After the Iraq war, the European Union looks south once again

There was plenty of shock and awe in the Maghreb and other corners of the Arab world at the speedy collapse of President Saddam Hussein's regime. No North African government supported the war. Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was still basking in the reflected glow of French President Jacques Chirac's anti-war stance as United States' and British forces crossed into Iraq (AC Vol 44 No 6). Yet post-war trauma has widened the gap between North African governments and those citizens outraged by 'US aggression'.

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