Tomas Valasek

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The third U.S. presidential debate did not shed much more light on future relations with Europe than the first two. One popular misconception in parts of Europe is that President Obama’s “pivot” to Asia is a temporary aberration: that it springs from the president’s dislike for the freedom and democratization agenda, and his absence of European roots.

By extension, this theory holds that, as president, Mitt Romney would “set things right” by putting Europe back near the center of U.S. attention, halt the decline in U.S. troops on the Continent, renew a push to enlarge NATO eastward, and take keener interest in potential trouble emanating from Russia, the Balkans and North Africa.…  Seguir leyendo »

You might call it the Obama paradox: Atlanticists on both sides of the ocean were certain that this president, inaugurated two years ago, would renew the trans-Atlantic alliance.

Yet two years later, the United States and Europe seem further apart than they have ever been in their policies as much as in public attitudes. For the United States, Europe appears to be less relevant than ever; in Europe, anti-Americanism seems to be drifting into simple indifference.

According to some, this was inevitable: America’s destiny in the 21st century, they say, is to defend its lone superpower status against a rising China.…  Seguir leyendo »