Pierre Rousselain, Le Figaro (in French) | January 22, 2009
There can be little doubt that Obama will work hard to remove the bitter taste which his predecessor left in European mouths and embrace the continent in dialog. ++ Making this a successful reality is the responsibility of Europe. ++ It must overcome its penchant for disunion, it must not allow itself to be hindered by its more fainthearted members and it must proactively enter discussions over Iran and the financial crisis. ++ Bush’s approach offered Europe an easy excuse for inertia and uncooperativeness; Obama’s will not.