Europe’s Obama Love Put to Test
There’s plenty of anecdotal evidence that Europe is excited about the possibilities of the Obama presidency and that the anti-American tensions of the Bush era are fading. But, I ask at New Atlanticist, “Will Europe’s Obama Love Last?”
There’s no doubt the Bush administration rubbed Europe the wrong way. Partly, this was a matter of brusque style and “You’re with us or you’re against” us and “Old Europe vs. New” and so forth. Mostly, I suspect, it was because of substantial differences in policy priorities. While Obama is closer to (Old) Europe on that score, it strikes me as quite likely that he’ll be much less of a change than many in Europe hope.
Time will, of course, tell.