Ireland seeks to mend trans-Atlantic relations

  • 2003-11-20
  • By Robert MacPherson, AFP
DUBLIN - Ireland wants to use its turn at the EU presidency, which begins Jan. 1, to put Europe's relationship with the United States back on an even keel, Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern said.Setting out Dublin's priorities for the six-month presidency, Ahern also said Ireland was prepared to take on the task of finalizing an EU constitution if it cannot be agreed upon at next month's EU summit."The first few months of this year were poisonous" in EU-U.S. relations, Ahern told a group of London-based foreign correspondents at his office in Dublin this past week.Besides the war in Iraq, t...
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