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De Volkskrant - Netherlands | 25/07/2008

Europe is a trump card for Obama

According to De Volkskrant US presidential candidate Barack Obama is profiting from Europe's growing influence on the international stage: "That Obama is able to use this continent as a trump card is down to the US's changed perception of Europe. In recent years America has had to face up to the limitations of its power in Afghanistan and Iraq, and also in other international issues such as the Israeli-Palestinian problem and the uranium dispute with Iran. Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy are assuming increasingly dominant roles in international diplomacy. What became clear after September 11, and is becoming ever clearer now, is that since the end of the Cold War our world knows no universal values of which the US is the main,or sole representative. ... America needs its old NATO allies once more, with whom it shares common interests and values. ... In the midst of this metamorphosis Obama has a wonderful opportunity to make his mark."

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