President Barack Obama arrived in Europe today seeking more resources to promote and support the pro-democracy movements in the Middle East and North Africa that have supplanted the economy at the top of his international agenda.
Obama administration officials pushed for the U.S. to join a 30-year-old international treaty that they say is now essential to counter China and maintain influence in Asia, while Republican critics say it would undermine U.S. sovereignty.
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama began their state visit to the U.K. with a welcome to Buckingham Palace from Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip , the Duke of Edinburgh, followed by a tour and a private lunch.
Europe’s financial crisis and its political fallout are shaping back-to-back international summits hosted by President Barack Obama on the global economy and military cooperation, including funding for postwar Afghanistan.
President Barack Obama , a day before attending a meeting of the Group of Eight countries, said the global leadership of the U.S. and Europe remains “indispensable” even as rapidly growing nations such as China, India and Brazil assume greater economic and strategic roles.