SWEDEN


SWEDEN

Berlingske Tidende, Copenhagen, Dec. 3: Some Obama supporters may say the average age of his choice of secretary of the treasury, secretary of state, vice president and defense secretary is all high. But Obama has gathered a team that commands respect.

That sounds promising for Obama and to a world in need of a stable United States.

Timothy Geithner, the next treasury secretary, drew cheers from the stock exchanges when he was appointed.

The trinity of the new secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and the future national security adviser, retired General James L. Jones, is promising.

Keeping a promise

One could say that Obama’s promise that his government will be moving forward at full speed from day one to create stability will be kept.

Everyone on the team will be able to deliver the goods better than many others. They have both the experience and the desire to do so.

The focus will not only be on Obama’s foreign policy team. Even his economic team will be in the crossfire from day one.

JAPAN

Japan Times, Tokyo, Dec. 1: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is pushing a proposal for a Euro-Atlantic security pact.

Mr. Medvedev’s eyes are clearly set on the new U.S. administration to be led by President-elect Barack Obama. Hours after Mr. Obama’s election as the next U.S. president, Mr. Medvedev threatened to deploy Iskander missiles ... in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad between Poland and Lithuania. He later said Russia could cancel the deployment if Mr. Obama abandoned the missile-shield plan in Europe.

Russia’s suspicions

Mr. Obama has not yet made clear his stance on the issue. While the United States says the missile shield is a defense against “rogue states” such as Iran, Russia suspects that the shield is designed to destroy its strategic missiles.

With the global financial crisis and the plummet in oil prices, both of which are battering the Russian economy, the momentum for rapprochement between Russia and EU should give Russia a chance to steer away from confrontation with the West and deepen mutual trust in security and other areas.

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