Quadriga: Obama in Europe Love on the Rocks

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Barack Obama is set to give a major speech in Berlin next week. It was in the same city in 1963 that President John F. Kennedy made an address that cemented Americas relationship with Europe in opposition to the Soviet Union. But the challenge of communism is long over.

"America's first Pacific president" is orienting his country economically and militarily towards Asia. China is not only a geo-political competitor but is Americas biggest creditor.

Obama decided to keep the controversial detention center in Guantanamo Bay open, launched a drone war against suspected terrorists and chose to operate a mass electronic surveillance program. Those policies have disappointed many of his European supporters.

The US and Europe are planning to establish a new free trade zone between the two blocs. Is that all the two now have in common? Are there no values that unite Americans and Europeans? Or is their transatlantic relationship simply not as important as it used to be?

Tell us what you think: Obama and Europe - Love on the Rocks


Our guests:

Alan Posener- was born in London and grew up in Kuala Lumpur and West - Berlin. A teacher by training, he quit school to become a freelance author and journalist. He has worked as an editor and author for the German newspaper Die Welt and as chief of commentary for "Welt am Sonntag". At the present, he contributes to a variety of media, among them the debate magazine The European. Posener is the author of several critically acclaimed books, among them biographies of the American idols John F. Kennedy, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Elvis Presley.

Tom Goeller born 1958, he studied American History and Politics at the University of Bonn/ Germany. He has been a journalist for various media, among them BBC and ARD. From 1997 to 2004 he was a political analyst of international affairs with the German Weekly "Das Parlament" and the US correspondent in Washington, D.C. From November 2004 until end of 2010 he was the correspondent for Germany of the US daily The Washington Times and of the Egyptian monthly "Egypt Today". He now works as a freelance journalist and political analyst of US and Middle Eastern, as well as security affairs.

Karen Leigh - is a Berlin-based journalist contributing to TIME magazine, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, and other publications. She covered the Arab Spring for TIME from Libya, Jordan, Bahrain and Egypt and served as its West Africa correspondent, interviewing Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on the eve of the country's elections. Previously, she was on staff at Mint/WSJ in New Delhi and traveled with the 2008 presidential campaigns for Bloomberg News. She has edited at an English-language daily in Cambodia, contributed to Esquire Middle East, The Newsweek Daily Beast and the New York Sun, and guested on Bloomberg Television and various radio stations.
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