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March 5, 2004
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France and Germany want to offer an alternative to President Bush’s project for a greater Middle East. In a joint document to be submitted to a European Union summit later this month, the two countries called on the European Union to “take into account the national sentiment and identity of each country” in the Middle East while “avoiding the trap of a global approach which ignores national characteristics and stigmatizes Islam as if it were incompatible with modernity.”

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