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Bush Prepares for Europe Trip


President Bush has an aggressive agenda for his trip to Europe during the coming week, including planned talks on a number of Middle East issues.

In his weekly radio address, Saturday, Mr. Bush said the United States and Europe share common goals of helping rebuild Iraq, spreading democracy across the gobe and working for peace in the Middle East.

On Friday, in an interview with European reporters, Mr. Bush said the United States' past disagreements with European allies over the Iraq war do not diminish their shared values.

He also said he plans to discuss concerns about the Middle East, Iran's nuclear program and the environment during three days of talks with European leaders in Brussels, his first stop.

Mr. Bush will also meet German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and Russian President Vladimir Putin during his trip.

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