Europe’s Obama Love Put to Test

Sarkozy Yes You MustThere’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.

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James Joyner is a Security Studies professor at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brent Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. He's a widower and father of two young daughers. He earned his PhD from The University of Alabama. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.


  1. Europe?s Obama Love Put to Test: There?s plenty of anecdotal evidence that Europe is excited about t..


  2. just me says:

    My guess is that they may like him personally better than Bush, b ut I seriously doubt he is going to usher in some new era where Europe loves the US and US policy.