Чудеса и никчемность – будущее «большой восьмерки»

Через две недели после встречи лидеров «большой восьмерки» в Германии остается впечатление, что они сотворили в Хайлигендамме политическое чудо. На саммите «восьмерки» были якобы спасены сразу три вещи: мировой климат, Африка и российско-американские отношения.

Кажется, будто на берегах Балтики собралось не менее чем мировое правительство. Перед лицом единства Европы Джордж Буш превратился из печально известного грешника по отношению к климату планеты во «вновь рожденного» защитника климата. Некоторые смелые наблюдатели даже считают эту перемену во взглядах Буша явным признаком того, что Европа взяла на себя новую роль в мировой политике. Но на самом деле никаких чудес не произошло; более того, только чудо может спасти «большую восьмерку» от утраты влияния.

В то же время в далекой Америке, где люди в целом более религиозны, чем в матушке-Европе, в хайлигендаммское чудо верят меньше. Фактически американцы отнеслись к саммиту довольно равнодушно. Причина этому – не только отвлекший внимание арест звезды «желтой прессы», наследницы империи отелей Пэрис Хилтон, но и тот факт, что единственное, чего американцы сейчас ожидают от президента Буша – это чтобы он отбыл до конца свой срок. Из-за того, что американцы считают Буша политически немощным, они полагают, что на этом саммите не могло быть принято никаких реальных решений.

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