President Obama's trip to Europe is not a pleasure trip. This is partly due to the tight timetable, includes the state visits to Ireland, Britain and Poland also participating in the G8 summit in the French seaside resort of Deauville. Second, it is because the president has lost in the first year in office on this side of the Atlantic, much of the dazzling brilliance of his personality. In many questions, there are practical need for coördination between the U.S. and its European partners - it is the future of the Afghanistan mission, the Middle East policy or the support of the democracy movement in the Arab world.
Partnership requires strength
The often-cited strategic alliance in all global issues, as this side of diplomats and always like to be summoned back over there, it can be seen as rudimentary at best, says Professor Werner Weidenfeld. He is a long-standing, intimate knowledge of the transatlantic relations. "Strategic Alliance, a strategic partnership on all aspects of world politics to build one, which requires infinitely more effort and commitment than Americans and Europeans have been applied."
This was demonstrated recently in the Libya crisis. When Germany abstained in the Libya-resolution in the UN Security Council, it struck a surprise in the U.S. recorded exceptionalism. But when used together in Afghanistan to this day are much different approaches which are not explained in the other types of political cultures of both continents, says Weidenfeld.
Strategic Alliance with Accent differences
"Both partners, the Europeans and the Americans have, in relation to Afghanistan deficits. The Americans have given too little feeling for the civil society and the Europeans the hard power apparatus prefer the Americans." It seems to have changed little even under Obama. After all, he has apparently dropped in view of Afghanistan, the ideological baggage of his predecessor. War aim in Afghanistan is not to build a democracy, but to create a state in which Al Qaeda may be planning terrorist attacks from there no more.With the development of civil society are allowed to visit in, such as, all the girls to school, America, meanwhile, has not much in mind. Meanwhile, it's about preparing the withdrawal and peace talks with the Taliban, which could've been sitting in the planned conference on Afghanistan in Bonn in December 2011, at the table.
On both sides of the Atlantic, we know that the upheavals of the Arab world closer to the epicenter of the Middle East conflict, Israel approached to move into. With his Middle East speech, Obama said on Thursday (19.5.) All tried before, in the Arab world to give people a perspective. The real conflict between Israel and the Palestinians but has also further consolidated under his presidency. Recently, his Special Representative for the Middle East,, the deadlock from office resigned in the face.
Neuralgic Middle East Conflict
"You have to say that to make the announcement Obama from the beginning of his presidency, in motion, the entrenched between Israelis and Palestinians have not fulfilled", said the preliminary conclusion by Michael Werz, politics professor at Georgetown University in Washington. Apell is now at least be on both sides in the room to begin concrete negotiations on the basis of Israel's 1967 borders. Here, too, Obama is hoping for constructive support from the Europeans.
"Obama knows that on important issues like the Middle East conflict but also in other global issues, no power on earth capable of it to regulate itself," Werner Weidenfeld has an important difference between this U.S. president to his predecessor,out: Obama can listen.
Therefore likely, the current thinking of France, set in the coming months, the international recognition of an independent Palestinian state in view and thereby to force Israel to make concessions, at least to meet the skeptical curiosity about Obama.
would need agreement between the Americans and Europe there be on the way forward in Libya and in the appointment of the chief post in the International Monetary Fund. The latter might be necessary to bring the G8 summit, a top priority. Here, the traditional right to propose legislation of Europeans about the affair Strauss-Kahn will remain unaffected, one hopes, at least on the old continent.
German-American relationship intact
And why does Obama to Germany in this Europe trip a bow?Currently, issues are obviously not urgent at the German-American agenda, the Deauville or at's visit to the United States could be discussed in either did not - the Chancellor in a few weeks traveling to Washington, where they on 7 June, the Freedom Medal get.
"Obama's renunciation of his crisis trip to Europe even stop by in Berlin, is seen as a sign of the good and stable bilateral relations," Axel Heck, America expert, says the Department of Political Science at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. It is obviously in the past that a different opinion of the Germans - like now, in the case of Libya - automatically leads to an ice age in the German-American relations. "Believe me, Germany is one of our most important partner in the world," said U.S. Ambassador Philip Murphy to Deutsche Welle. In the current travel plan to Obama's interprate want something different, so Murphy would continue, "a waste of time".