Monitor: European and US Comment on Bill Clinton's Foreign Policy on the Occasion of His Last Working Visit as President
Involuntarily, Bill Clinton will remain with us as a symbol of all the things we do not understand about America - even after five decades of transatlantic loyalty. Under his presidency, the United States has given in to the rush of globalisation in a manner that has left Europe behind, amazed and gasping. The practical consequence has been a series of trade conflicts whose resolutions are hard to find, because common ground appears to be disappearing. Bill Clinton has fulfilled his promise of the Nineties to prepare the United States for the 21st century. The Europeans still face this task in many areas. And this status quo triggers more questions than answers on both sides. Bill Clinton has given much to European politics and politicians for eight years. Initially, as a role model, often as a leader, but also always as a riddle. He remained in his world, which Europe is still trying to figure out. Soon, he can explain this world to us as an Oxford professor. (Germany)
This is the season of legacy for Bill Clinton, and that means photo opportunities. The president arrived in Portugal to kick off a seemingly haphazard European farewell tour - Lisbon, Aachen, Berlin, Moscow, Kiev - and immediately began to hit the loud notes of seven years of seemingly haphazard foreign policy. Judging by the agenda, they must be: global trade, "third way" governance, humanitarian intervention in Africa, global trade again (how many presidents take their secretaries of state and commerce on the same trip?) and one voodoo-defense leftover from the Reagan years, the missile defense system. And while Clinton talks bananas and Frankenfood with the EU and touts the 21st-century world economy in Kiev, it will be …
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Publication information: Article title: Monitor: European and US Comment on Bill Clinton's Foreign Policy on the Occasion of His Last Working Visit as President. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: June 2, 2000. Page number: 2. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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