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Europe Goes Missing in Obama-Romney Foreign Policy Debate (La Stampa, Italy)

 

"It is striking how American is increasingly gazing across the Pacific rather than the Atlantic. Of course, Europe has been discussed in previous debates (almost always negatively) when dealing with economic issues. But when it comes to discussing major global issues, in Washington's eyes, everything European is, for the moment, secondary."

 

By Marco Bardazzi

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Translated By Barbara Usai

 

October 23, 2012

 

Italy - La Stampa - Original Article (Italian)

Try this: take the complete and official transcription of last night's debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney (yes, it is already available online at several American Web sites) and try to find the word "Europe." You will find it only once, in a passage where the president of the United States explains to his Republican opponent that American alliances "have never been stronger. In Asia, in Europe, in Africa, with Israel where we have unprecedented military and intelligence cooperation." Thatís about the only intrusion of Europe into the only presidential debate entirely devoted to foreign policy.

 

To tell the truth, there were a couple of sentences out of which popped the word "Greece" - in both cases used negatively by Romney to warn Americans that Obama is taking them "down the road that leads to Greece." No words were spared for Germany, France, the European Central Bank, the European Union or the euro. In essence, for the two candidates and the man who interviewed them, journalist Bob Schieffer, nothing that forms part of our daily concerns in old Europe was worth bringing to the debate on foreign policy.

 

America is much more interested in talking about China, the Middle East, Israel, Iran, Russia, Pakistan or Latin America.

 

But the fact is that there is nothing new under the sun: in the last three U.S. presidential elections, Europe has hardly gotten more attention than it has this time around. But it is striking how American is increasingly gazing across the Pacific rather than the Atlantic. Of course, Europe has been discussed in previous debates (almost always negatively) when dealing with economic issues. But when it comes to discussing major global issues, in Washington's eyes, everything European is, for the moment, secondary.

 

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[Posted by Worldmeets.US Oct. 24, 5:52pm]