The European Union has drafted a letter to the new U.S. president seeking to create a post-Bush era of closer cooperation and a greater role for the 27-member EU in tackling issues of global importance, the Associated Press reported.
The six-page letter - which views the world at a moment of transition exemplified by the spreading economic crisis that requires ever closer cooperation - will remain sealed from public view until the addressee is known.
But it is no surprise that the overriding tenet of the document described by French Foreign Minister Bernard
Kouchner is multilateralism - work with your allies.
"Basically, times have changed," Kouchner said.
"In the old days, unilateral choices affected the world.
Those days are gone. I think both candidates are looking toward Europe and have shown an interest in Europe. They want to see the two shores of the Atlantic working together. ..."