Danny Taggart's Blogarama

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Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Basescu's "axis"

Shortly after winning the presidential election in Romania in December, Traian Basescu expressed his committment to close relations with the US and Britain:
    The Washington-London-Bucharest axis will be a foreign policy priority for Romania's president.
Now, it's clear that Mr. Basescu's intentions are positive. But, I question the use of the word "axis" here. Its use is a bit odd in the foreign policy context of fighting the "Axis of Evil." It also has a historically negative connotation, especially since Romania was initially part of the Axis in World War II. Perhaps a better term would have been "alliance" or "coalition."