Obama faces new dynamic with Europe at G7 summit in Germany

Sat Jun 6, 2015 11:44am EDT
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* Obama seen as proactive in Asia, stepping back elsewhere

* Europeans forced to ramp up efforts on Russia, Middle East

* Republican critics see abdication of U.S. leadership

* White House says policy strongly aligned with Europe

By Jeff Mason

WASHINGTON, June 6 (Reuters) - When President Barack Obama attends the Group of Seven summit in Germany on Sunday, he will join fellow leaders who are growing accustomed to a new dynamic in the transatlantic relationship: less direction from Washington, more demands on Europe.

In responding to Russia's intervention in Ukraine, the crisis in Libya and efforts to advance Middle East peace, European leaders have stepped up their role after a real or perceived sense that the United States was drawing back.

The shift has created both annoyance and satisfaction among European officials.

Some privately express frustration at what they view as reluctance by the Obama administration to get involved.   Continued...