Skip to comments.Obama Visit Highlights “Genuine Trans-Atlantic Dissonance”
Posted on 06/23/2013 12:39:27 PM PDT by Olog-hai
US President Barack Obama managed to achieve his primary goal during his one-day visit to Berlin on Wednesday: charming his hosts. But German commentators argue he was unable to bridge a growing gap between the two countries.
Conservative daily Die Welt wrote:
America has become more foreign to us, too, and it doesnt help to evoke the great period of bonding during the Cold War. But Europeans have also become more foreign to Americans. How should Americans know and understand that which we ourselves dont know or understand? There is still a great lack of clarity about where the partially unified, partially divided continent of Europe is headed politically. Europe is complicated. Germany, the shame-faced regional power, is too. Europe could be extremely powerful internationally, but hasnt found a way to get there without sacrificing its traditional particularities. And last but not least: Angela Merkel insists stubbornly but with good reason that austerity and growth have to go hand-in-hand, but that austerity is non-negotiable. Obama doesnt like that and it has created genuine trans-Atlantic dissonance.
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Europe is just another continent which hates Americans now more than it did 6 years ago.
You know it’s bad when the only country that likes Americans is Vietnam.
Yeah, Merkel looked real charmed.
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