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Global Europe 07-11-2012

EU leaders welcome Obama’s re-election

  EU leaders on Wednesday welcomed US president Barack Obama’s re-election to a second term in office. With results in from most states, Obama claimed a close victory over Republican challenger Mitt Romney in Tuesday’s election. “On behalf of the...
Global Europe 07-11-2012

Europe tweets reaction to Obama win

EU Commissioners, politicians and diplomats have been competing on Twitter to deliver short and snappy messages on the future of EU-US relations, after  Barack Obama was re-elected to serve a second four-year mandate in the US.
Global Europe 07-11-2012

Obama II and Europe

With stratospheric popularity levels in Europe, Barack Obama - who won a second term last night - is expected to make a renewed commitment to energising the world economy by re-launching transatlantic trade relations, US analysts say. EURACTIV reports from Washington.
Global Europe 06-11-2012

Europe gets a low profile in US presidential duel

To listen to some political pundits, the outcome of the US election will not diminish the EU’s importance to Washington because “Europe matters”. But more conservative analysts think otherwise.
Global Europe 05-11-2012

US election: Europeans endorse Obama for a second term

If Europeans could vote tomorrow (6 November) in the US election, they would back President Barack Obama over challenger Mitt Romney, numerous polls have shown.
Global Europe 02-11-2012

Experts fear close US race could lead to votes recount, EU delay

With President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney continuing to run neck-and-neck in the US presidential race, analysts in Washington are seriously considering whether a recount on 7 November will be necessary. The consequence could be far-reaching for Europe, which is waiting until the US vote to take a decision on debt-laden Greece.
Global Europe 31-10-2012

Close US elections race makes expats ‘nervous’

Just days before US elections, American expatriates in Europe feel increasingly anxious about the neck-and-neck race between incumbent President Barack Obama - heavily favoured on this side of the Atlantic - and Republican contender Republican Mitt Romney.
Global Europe 29-10-2012

Hurricane Sandy disrupts US election

Hurricane Sandy blew the US presidential race off course over the weekend even before it came ashore, forcing Republican Mitt Romney to shift his campaign inland and fuelling fears that the massive storm bearing down on the East Coast could disrupt early voting.

EU policymakers fret about US election, quietly support Obama

A change of face at the White House would clearly have an impact on transatlantic relations, according to EU policymakers in Brussels contacted by EURACTIV. Although the European Union is closely watching the US presidential campaign, politicians are reluctant to take sides.
Elections 04-10-2012

Romney, on the offensive, dominates first US debate

An aggressive Mitt Romney took the fight to President Barack Obama yesterday (3 October) and the Republican candidate appeared to breathe new life into his struggling campaign with a solid performance at their first debate.
Climate change 25-09-2012

Romney campaign stirs climate unease in Brussels

EU officials are privately alarmed at the chilling effect that a Mitt Romney win in the US presidential election could have on global climate talks, EURACTIV has learned.
Euro & Finance 24-09-2012

Troika report on Greece may come after US vote

An EU-IMF report into whether Greece's debt is manageable looks set to be delayed until after 6 November because policymakers want to avoid any shock to the global economy before the US election, EU officials and diplomats say.
Euro & Finance 22-05-2012

Obama urges bolder EU action to fend off crisis

US President Barack Obama urged Europe yesterday (21 May) to strengthen its defences against financial market turmoil and recapitalise its banks as part of a four-pronged strategy for tackling the eurozone crisis. 
Elections 06-03-2012

Oettinger: Elections are ‘bad time’ for debating energy

2012 is a year of elections in France, the United States and Russia, but energy and elections are "not a good couple", because energy policies are "quite complicated" for an electoral debate, Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger told a Brussels audience today (6 March). 
Global Europe 03-01-2012

Republicans engage in Europe-bashing before Iowa scrum

Battling for attention ahead of their first election showdown, leading Republican presidential candidates have taken turns accusing one another and President Barack Obama of 'European socialism' and opposing further US financial help for the struggling eurozone.
Med & South 21-01-2009

Conflicts freeze as Obama takes office

As Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States in a ceremony watched by billions worldwide yesterday (20 January), two conflicts came to an end, sending a message to the new leader of the world's only remaining superpower.
Global Europe 14-11-2008

Tate: Media ‘misled Europe’ on US elections

The US media favoured Barack Obama during the campaign and made fun of Sarah Palin, but the governor of Alaska will remain a force to be reckoned with in the future, Sheila Tate, the vice-chairman of Powell Tate (Weber Shandwick's Washington, DC office) told EURACTIV in an interview.
Global Europe 14-11-2008

Interview: Obama urged to appoint Treasury team

US President-elect Barack Obama should speed up key appointments to his future administration, argues Sheila Tate, a former US Republican official and current co-chair of a bipartisan strategic communications firm in Washington, DC.  
EU Priorities 2020 05-11-2008

EU officials pressure Obama on financial reform

US President-elect Barack Obama has been invited by European Parliament President Hans-Gert Poettering to address the EU assembly in Strasbourg next April. Meanwhile, Poettering and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso outlined their views on transatlantic relations ahead of a G20 meeting in Washington on 15 November.
Elections 04-11-2008

Ogilvy CEO: New media key to Obama campaign

Embracing innovative new communication tools on the Internet and mobile phones to engage citizens has been central to the success of Barack Obama's US presidential campaign, says Brian Fetherstonhaugh, chairman and CEO of OgilvyOne Worldwide, in an interview with EURACTIV.
Elections 04-11-2008

Interview: New media key to Obama campaign

Embracing innovative new tools on the Internet and mobile phones to engage citizens has been central to the communications success of Barack Obama's US presidential campaign, says Brian Fetherstonhaugh, chairman and CEO of OgilvyOne Worldwide, in an interview with EURACTIV.
Security 03-11-2008

EU-Russia relations expected to deteriorate if McCain wins

Europe might find it harder to maintain good relations with Russia if Republican nominee John McCain wins the US presidential election, according to scholars surveyed by EURACTIV. Despite McCain's much larger experience of European affairs, Obama is widely considered to be more supportive of EU policies and better suited to improving the overall mood of transatlantic security relations.
EU Priorities 2020 31-10-2008

Experts: EU should temper hopes for US climate push

Supporters of EU efforts to tackle climate change may be relieved that Barack Obama and John McCain both support a cap-and-trade scheme to curb US greenhouse gas emissions, but American support for a global climate deal is not certain, analysts warn.
EU Priorities 2020 31-10-2008

Brok: ‘I have problems with the Republican ticket’

Barack Obama could better represent a new beginning in transatlantic relations than his Republican opponent John McCain, Elmar Brok, a conservative MEP from Germany, told EURACTIV in an interview.