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Old Europe is not amused. In an extraordinary move in diplomatic terms, which will turn up the heat on the White House, the European Parliament today expressed its opinion on the Wolfowitz scandal. As part of a resolution on transatlantic relations, the following text was adopted by roll call vote with 332 votes in favour and 251 against:

"Calls on the EU Presidency and US government to signal to the President of the World Bank, Paul Wolfowitz, that his withdrawal from the post would be a welcome step towards preventing the Bank's anti-corruption policy from being undermined."

UK Green MEP Caroline Lucas said: "By digging in his heels and refusing to resign as President of the World Bank, Wolfowitz is dragging the whole organisation into disrepute and further undermining the credibility of its anti-corruption policy. If he won't jump himself, he must be pushed. The European Parliament has today added to the mounting pressure to end Wolfowitz's chequered tenure at the helm of the World Bank by calling on the EU Presidency to press the US government for Wolfowitz's withdrawal. We hope the issue will not be brushed under the table at the forthcoming EU-US summit."

The summit will take place in Washington on 30 April.

Jeff Powell ~ April 25, 2007

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