More takes from foreign media on the U.S. election
The Times rounded up some early reactions and reflections from abroad on the U.S. presidential campaign. As foreign media continue to mull over the reelection of President Obama, here’s more of the coverage Wednesday from newspapers and other outlets worldwide:
The Cold War is abolished, Kommersant (Russia): The reelection of Barack Obama as president of the USA allows many in Moscow to breathe easier. ... Republican candidate Mitt Romney, who called Russia Geopolitical Foe #1, has gone off in the distance and will no longer get on the Kremlin's nerves with his "caveman proclamations."
Mandate renewed, El Universal (Mexico): What does this mean for Mexico? ... The domestic difficulties and economic crisis will make it difficult to have a bilateral relationship that is very different than the one that exists now.
Europe fears a greater interventionism from Obama II, Le Figaro (France): The continuing euro crisis and the risk of recession will be the first test. Before and after his reelection, Barack Obama does not want to see the U.S. economy dragged down due to mismanagement in Europe. ... The second term is likely to be more aggressive.
What Obama’s win means, The Times of India:
And the lessons for India? First up, this is how real democracy works. In over 200 years and 44 U.S. presidents, only three have ever been dynasts. ... The U.S. campaign carries an important message for Indian politicians: privilege, entitlement and dynasty are all living on borrowed time.
New U.S. government needs to craft more constructive China policy, New China News Agency (China): It is natural for the U.S. ... to have difficulty completely disarming its suspicions toward China, which is politically, economically and culturally different. However, the U.S. should know nothing in the world remains forever unchanged, and that China will never abort its development objective simply because of Washington's unwarranted anxiety.
Four years on, 'Obamamania' conspicuously absent in Egypt, Ahram Online (Egypt): The decline in interest, in the view of Nader, an Egyptian activist in his late 30s, can be attributed in part to the “now overwhelming influence of the social media." Obamamania, that took the world by storm in 2008, is over.
A reelection with surprises, Prensa Libre (Guatemala): It’s too early to know for certain the percentage and number of Latinos in the election, but it’s clear that never again can they be put to the side by anyone aspiring to the U.S. presidency in the future. ... Relations with Latin America must also be improved after being left virtually stagnant.
Netanyahu’s election-night double whammy, Haaretz (Israel): The chilly and murky relationship between the current and next president and the current prime minister -- who is also very likely to be the next prime minister -- is well known. Netanyahu gambled on Romney. Netanyahu’s bet did not come in. Netanyahu will pay the price.
State can draw lessons from conduct of U.S. poll, Capitol FM (Kenya): Gospel artist David Muthengi said the U.S. poll was an important lesson for the country as it prepares for next year's general election. "There was peace regardless of how tight the election was."
Evo criticizes the electoral system of the United States, La Razon (Bolivia): President Evo Morales suggested this morning that the reelected president of the United States, Barack Obama, repay the Latino vote that allowed him to win the election this Tuesday by lifting the ban on Cuba and expelling criminals taking refuge in the country, among them ex-President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada.
Iran’s relations with U.S. cannot be restored overnight: Judiciary chief, Tehran Times: Commenting on the U.S. presidential election, [Judiciary chief Sadeq Amoli] Larijani said four years ago that Barack Obama came to the scene with the slogan of change, but in practice, the strictest sanctions were imposed on Iran, so it is natural that the Iranian people will never forget the U.S. hostile actions.
President Obama’s reelection likely to ease policy uncertainty, Yonhap (South Korea): The reelection of U.S. President Barack Obama will probably have a positive impact on the Korean economy as it will help ease uncertainty over the future policy direction of the world's largest economy, government officials and analysts said Wednesday.
Turkish-U.S. ties see hectic times in Obama’s second term, Hurriyet Daily News (Turkey): Relations between Turkey and the United States are expected to enter a new and intensified hectic period amid ongoing regional crises. ... Although Obama’s relatively non-interventionist and multilateral foreign policy will not shift much in its direction, expectations are high that he will be much more engaged with global affairs in his second term.
-- Emily Alpert in Los Angeles
Photo: A Spanish newspaper bears the smiling portrait of President Obama on its front page in Pamplona, northern Spain, on Wednesday. Credit: Alvaro Barrientos / Associated Press