Gregor Peter Schmitz, Der Spiegel | June 10, 2008
US President George W. Bush's final visit to Europe is likely to be only ceremonial and of little real substance. ++ The EU and the US are deeply divided over issues of trade, especially the import ban on American poultry. ++ Meanwhile, Bush - who's presidency is soon to end - has too little leverage to elicit European cooperation on such issues as Afghanistan and Iraq. ++ The question remains whether transatlantic relations will improve in the post-Bush era, or whether the new global multipolarity has caused a deeper rift.