Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Obama Tells Europe To Get Stuffed

In a humiliating blow to the EU (post-Lisbon), Barack Obama has backed out of an EU-US summit, scheduled for May in Spain. even the incentive of the Champion's league final was not enough to tempt him. The New York Times reports:

With President Barack Obama’s decision to skip a United States-European Union summit meeting next May in Madrid, Europe’s egos were badly bruised. José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, the Spanish prime minister, and José Manuel Barroso, the E.U. Commission president, were angry and embarrassed. They saw Mr. Obama’s nonattendance as a snub.

It could signal an emerging shift in the trans-Atlantic relationship, analysts and diplomats believe.

As the United States moves ahead in redefining its role in the post-Cold War era — believing it is high time that Europe took care of its own security — Europe is caught in a quandary. It hankers after a past that relied on U.S. protection, but it wants to break free and become a global player in its own right.

I wonder if the EU is now regretting supporting Obama when he won the Presidential election? It's not as if it's the first snub.

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