Вызов Европе в связи с избранием Обамы

ПАРИЖ – Ометят ли 2009 год и начало президентства Барака Обамы начало новой эры в трансатлантических отношениях, или сохранятся старые разногласия, которые усугубляются глубиной и серьезностью экономического кризиса? Приведет ли кризис к националистической и эгоистичной позиции по обе стороны Атлантики, загнав в тупик долгожданное сближение, если не полное примирение?

Конечно же, еще слишком рано говорить. Даже если левое крыло европейских левых – как и самых либеральных из американских демократов – выразит беспокойство о том, что Обама выбрал слишком центристский кабинет, классическая форма антиамериканизма вынуждена будет отступить в Европе. Очень маловероятно, что европейцы выйдут на улицы, чтобы осудить "сущность" Соединенных Штатов – Америка раскрывает ее через свои поступки – как они это делали в эру Буша и даже в годы Клинтона. Имидж Америки в Европе сильно изменился с 4 ноября, а стиль дипломатии Обамы, как только он станет президентом, скорее всего подтвердит это изменение.

И все же в сфере трансатлантических отношений, что верно и в мировом масштабе, неблагоразумно ждать слишком много от одного человека, независимо от его исключительных качеств. Фундаментальные проблемы остаются, и скорее всего возникнут новые.

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