What can Europe expect from Obama part two?

A transatlantic trade agreement looks even more important in the modest context of the rest of the US-European relationship

I am in Washington, DC, this week, trying to find out what Europe should expect from the second administration of President Barack Obama. The short answer is: not much. It is easy to see why. Can Europe help the United States in dealing with North Korea? Or with China? No. Or with cyber-security? No. Or with the Middle East? Also no. Iran? A little. Or with any of the really big questions piling up on the president’s desk? Not really. The message to Europe is polite and dismissive: please take a seat and the protocol office will be along shortly.

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