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What does Europe want from Obama?



According to one survey, 75% of Europeans would have voted for President Obama if they could, compared to only 8% who would have chosen the Republican Mitt Romney. But what does Europe want from Obama’s second term?


In President Obama’s second term there are two longer-term developments that will affect the relationship with Europe. The first is the US budget deficit, the second the so-called “pivot” – or the rebalancing of focus towards Asia.


America’s finances will mean, now even more than in the first term, the US will be what some have called a “frugal superpower” – leading from behind as they did in Libya, and as they look to be doing in Mali.


But then that frugal nature is not altogether bad news. The US remains by far the biggest customer for European exporters.


Generally the Europeans are content with the status quo. The last thing they need at a time when Europe is so embroiled in its own internal debates, is the external distraction of a change in guard across the pond.


Google Translator:



budget deficit

the amount of money a government needs to clear its debt



careful with spending


leading from behind

playing an important part without being seen to be making all the decisions


look to be

seem to be





by far

by a great amount


status quo

the current situation


embroiled in

involved with something difficult or complicated


change in guard

change in leadership


across the pond

on the other side of the Atlantic (used by the UK and US to refer to each other)

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