Amerika und Europa driften auseinander

Am Rhein und in Prag werden Nato und EU dem neuen amerikanischen Präsidenten huldigen, schöne Bilder, hehre Reden über die Zukunft des Transatlantismus - alles wie gehabt.

Doch vor Straßburg und Prag findet zuvor, am 2. April, auf dem G 20 Treffen in London der transatlantische Ernstfall statt. Mit der Wahl Barack Obamas zum amerikanischen Präsidenten sollte alles besser werden – eigentlich. Die transatlantische Kontinentaldrift, die Europa und Amerika in den acht Jahren unter George W. Bush immer weiter auseinander bracht hat, sollte gestoppt und sogar umgekehrt werden. Diese Hoffnung geht dahin.

Denn die Weltfinanz- und Weltwirtschaftskrise lässt die Differenzen zwischen Amerika und Europa voll ausbrechen. Europa weigert sich, sehr viel stärker als bisher finanziell bei der Bewältigung der Weltwirtschaftskrise zu helfen.

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