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Germany and France might join veto. Babette Stern, in Le Monde reviews the reactions of different countries to the Wolfowitz nomination. Stern thinks that, despite their strong reservations, neither France nor Germany will take the initiative to push for a veto. But that they would, she feels, be prepared to join in if a coalition to oppose Wolfowitz begins to form.

This puts further responsibility on the British government, perhaps with the Italians, Nordics and Dutch, to make the first move. The article mentions that pressure is growing from NGO campaigners, including through the sign-on statement released yesterday.

Stern argues that European governments are balancing their own views and public opinion with a wish not to upset the recent moves to normalise trans-Atlantic relations after the Iraq breakdown.

She also bemoans the absence of African or other developing country voices about the leader of an institution which affects them very directly.

Alex Wilks ~ March 19, 2005

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