Lord Patten, Oxford University | July 9, 2008
Bush's departure will not facilitate addressing global problems. ++ The complex issues of peace in the Middle East and nuclear proliferation will continue to dominate the diplomatic debate. ++ In addition, American and European leadership will be further required to manage the world economy, reduce poverty and disparities, and tackle climate change. ++ But the largest remaining challenge will be caused by the European Union's democratic deficit, which prevents it from being "the partner that America needs and seeks."