World: They are hoping America becomes as "pragmatic" and more "enlightened"
|"...Many people overseas said they hoped the results would teach the president humility, and the merit of working with others.
In Paris, expatriates and French citizens alike packed the city's main American haunts to watch results overnight and early Wednesday, with some standing to cheer or boo as vote tabulations came in.
One Frenchman, teacher Jean-Pierre Charpemtrat, 53, said it was about time U.S. voters figured out what much of the rest of the world already knew.
"Americans are realizing that you can't found the politics of a country on patriotic passion and reflexes," he said. "You can't fool everybody all the time — and I think that's what Bush and his administration are learning today."
Politicians didn't hold back either.
In an extraordinary joint statement, more than 200 Socialist members of the European Parliament hailed the American election results as "the beginning of the end of a six-year nightmare for the world" and gloated that they left the Bush administration "seriously weakened."
In Italy, Foreign Minister Massimo D'Alema said of the election: "A cycle is over. The cycle of preventive war, of unilateralism, ends with a great failure ... and is perceived as such also by American public opinion."
A slightly more diplomatic Premier Romano Prodi predicted the result could help U.S.-European relations.
"There will be a continuation of a change that has already happened, with less friction and more collaboration with Europe," Prodi said."|
Some think we are now more European in America.
|The Bush administration has been intensely unpopular with Europeans because of the war on terror, especially the invasion of Iraq, and the go-it-alone nature of American foreign policy.
Jens van Scherpenberg, who studies the United States at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, said the results "will be seen as a sign that the U.S. electorate has turned more normal again, or even more European."|
Nothing like learning the way of the world from a region that had two world wars, the Nazis and learning how to buckle under radical Islam.
|ROME: A Mozart opera canceled in Germany, surrealist art removed from a London exhibition, villages in Spain changing centuries-old festivities.
In recent months, several artistic or cultural events have been scaled down or scrapped in Europe apparently to avoid offending Muslims, raising concerns about freedom of expression.
Many believe the violent reaction by Europe's Muslim minorities to perceived insults to their religion has created a climate of fear in which self-censorship is becoming more common. And concerns that passions might even spill into Islamic terrorism — rarely far from European minds — have contributed to the urgency.|