Discover What the World Thinks of U.S.

June 2014

Republicans: The (Dreadful) June Surprise

June 30, 2014 // L'Express - France - French

International comparisons are sometimes dangerous, but on Tuesday evening, at the announcement of the results of the Republican primaries in Virginia, the mood of the Republican decision-makers was probably similar to that of the UMP (French center-right party) after the dark blue wave of the European elections. The [Read more]

Where Will the Children Play?

June 29, 2014 // El Universal - Mexico - Spanish

Our governments and societies definitely share responsibility for many things — but without question, Uncle Sam’s heavy hand, which rocked the cradle beginning in 2009, causes 13,000 Honduran children to immigrate every year (70,000 in the entire region).

Obama’s Tragedy Lies in Bad Portents

June 29, 2014 // Huanqiu - China - Chinese

Obama’s tragedy is written in his unlucky auspices. The quandary that America is facing is structural in nature, and nothing that any one president could solve by simply relying on his own power to turn the tide.

Doing Away with a Cluster Risk

June 29, 2014 // Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland - German

The appetite of American corporations for European firms seems insatiable, even though their acquisition desires cannot always be satisfied. Medtronic, the medical technology firm, was recently successful, for example, in convincing its Irish rival Covidien of the advantages of a merger. General Electric has also [Read more]

The World’s Weary Policeman

June 29, 2014 // Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland - German

With their lightning fast advance toward the gates of Baghdad, the black-clad fighters of ISIL have demonstrated just how unstable Iraq continues to be. Prime Minister Maliki, who initially came to power with American help, may have thought his leadership had been consolidated after elections in late April. In reality, [Read more]

The Iraq War: History’s Revenge

June 28, 2014 // Le Devoir - France - French

It cannot be denied that what happened today is precisely that which Jacques Chirac had feared and indeed articulated in support of his decision not to get involved in Iraq: the implosion of the entire region.

Monument to Failure

June 28, 2014 // der Tagesspiegel - Germany - German

As far as foreign policy is concerned, the Obama years are likely to be recalled negatively. Whether it's the crisis in Ukraine, dealing with Russia or handling the Middle East problem, U.S. diplomacy gives the impression of incoherency.
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