"Obama Has Failed the World on Climate Change," blares a Spiegel op-ed by Christian Schwägerl.  The essay is another data point in the growing notion that the new American president's aura is fading on the other side of the Atlantic.

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The French Navy ship Mistral tied up at a downtown Saint Petersburg pier November 23. With the golden dome of St. Isaac’s Cathedral shimmering in the background, the amphibious assault ship made a perfect sales promotion picture, which was precisely its mission.  Some in Paris—led by the Elysée Palace—want to sell Mistral class ships to Russia, a venture with ominous geopolitical implications that would tear at the fabric of NATO.

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Did Mikhail Gorbachev launch glasnost and perestroika in the mid-1980s with the aim of bringing about genuine democratic change in the Soviet Union? That's what he says in two interviews on both sides of the Atlantic -- Euronews' Maria Pineiro and Nation Editor Katrina vanden Heuvel -- to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War.

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In the 1970s, Henry Kissinger famously asked, "who do I call if I want to speak to Europe?" After more than three decades, he may finally get his answer. Last week, the European parliament began debating the powers and responsibilities of a new president of Europe, a position made possible by the recent decision of the Irish people to approve the European Union's Lisbon Treaty. The EU will also soon have a foreign minister. The establishment of a strong executive in Europe means the 27-member EU is poised to play an even more powerful role in world affairs.

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While the nation awaits the administration's plans for Afghanistan, few expect that decision to make any mention of India. But it should.

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The following is an interview with Atlantic Council Associate Director Patrick deGategno.

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German Chancellor Merkel touted the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall as a "day of celebration for all of Europe."  But not everyone is as cheerful.

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The United States has not forced the involuntary service of any of its citizens into the U.S. military since 1972, when it suspended the Selective Service system’s conscription of young Americans to fight in the enormously unpopular war in Vietnam.

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Adam Michnik looks at the revolutions that brought about the fall of communism.

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Ambassador Richard Burt reflects on the impact of Ronald Reagan’s 1987 Speech in Berlin.

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