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Bush lobbying world leaders. President Bush acknowledged that he called Italian president Berlusconi earlier to advocate acceptance of Wolfowitz as World Bank president. In his White House press conference earlier he said "I appreciate world leaders taking my phone calls as I explain to them why I think Paul will be a strong president of the World Bank".

We are hoping that the increasingly active lobbying in the other direction may still have an effect. But the signals we get from various European capitals do not make us over-optimistic at this point. Reaction to this appointment, and how the Europeans organise themselves at the Bank board if Wolfowitz is appointed, are further acid tests of European foreign policy.

Alex Wilks ~ March 16, 2005

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