I light of the 60th anniversary of the end of third reich, Europe is now worried about the rise of a fourth reich and why not? An illegal war and an Aryan arrogance against all who would question them or is deemed 'different' is the hallmark of the Bush regime. Below is an article from Deutsche Welle.
Europe Alarmed by Wolfowitz Nomination
US President George W. Bush has invoked wariness by putting forward Paul Wolfowitz, his deputy defense secretary, as World Bank chief. In Europe, the nomination has met with widespread skepticism.
In a move that could chill the new thaw in transatlantic relations, Bush said he wanted Donald Rumsfeld's number two at the Pentagon to take over in a role that is central to global development. Bush said he had already started telephoning foreign leaders to lobby for Paul Wolfowitz, despite the neoconservative's divisive role as a prime architect of the war in Iraq.
In Germany, Michael Müller, the Social Democrats deputy parliamentary leader, described the choice as "horrifying."
"Wolfowitz is a hawk who has repeatedly proved that he is a firebrand," he went on. According to Müller, Wolfowitz's appointment would put the world economy at risk of being taken over by a military mind-set of repression and supremacy.
"Our enthusiasm in 'old' Europe is limited," said German Development Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul.
A "proven leader"
The US president, meanwhile, highlighted Wolfowitz's experience at the US State Department and the Pentagon, and as an ambassador to Indonesia earlier in his career.
"Paul Wolfowitz is a proven leader and experienced diplomat, who will guide the World Bank effectively and honorably during a critical time in history -- both for the Bank and the developing nations it supports," Bush said, adding that "he has devoted his career to advancing the cause of freedom. He is a person of compassion who believes deeply that lifting people out of poverty is critical to achieving that goal."
Threat to trans-Atlantic consensus
Current World Bank president James Wolfensohn is to stand down this summer.
Traditionally, the United States nominates the World Bank president and Europe the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
But Bush's nomination of Wolfowitz threatens to put that transatlantic consensus to the test.
French President Jacques Chirac said Paris would examine the nomination "in the spirit of friendship" with the United States.
But French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier said Wolfowitz's nomination was only a "proposal." "We're going to examine it with respect to his character ... and eventually with respect to other candidates," he said at an EU meeting in Brussels.
Aside from Iraq, Wolfowitz has attracted criticism from many as a leading light of the neo-conservative movement, which wants the US to impose its vision of liberal democracy and free-market economics on others.
But the 61-year-old former academic sought to win over his detractors by declaring that he believed "deeply and passionately in the mission of the World Bank."
"The opportunity of working to lift a billion people who earn less than a dollar a day out of poverty and billions of others who live in circumstances of poverty, to give them a chance in life, is an exciting responsibility and a real challenge," he said.
Implication for US foreign policy?
Opponents said the choice of Wolfowitz was a worrying pointer for Bush's foreign-policy intentions, coming just after the nomination of another arch-hawk, John Bolton , to be the US ambassador to the United Nations.
As president of the World Bank, Wolfowitz would lead 10,000 staff in Washington and around the world, overseeing a $9 billion annual aid budget which for many poor countries is a development lifeline.
But the institution has also been accused of backing grandiose development projects which have little economic worth and of fostering poverty by driving nations deeper into debt.
Author DW staff / AFP (jp)
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