Chinese newspapers call on China to assert itself, while India and African nations ponder the implications of becoming 'strategic partners' with the US.
From French bankers and Italian politicians to British strikers and the average Greek, everyone in Europe is feeling the cost-cutting brought on by the euro debt crisis.
German Chancellor Merkel is pushing guarantees of greater fiscal discipline in exchange for a more assertive European Central Bank role in addressing the eurozone debt crisis.
Spain overwhelmingly voted for new leadership to lead the climb out of economic crisis. Prime Minister-elect Mariano Rajoy has warned of more austerity measures.
US airlines, profitable again after a disastrous decade, are spending almost $2 billion to upgrade amenities for their highest-paying customers. "There is a war going on for the profitable passenger," says one analyst.
During a train trip across Germany, a Monitor correspondent noted regional differences that make neo-Nazi culture appealing in the east and alien in the west. A murder last week exposed the existence neo-Nazi cells in the country.
European politicians reacted angrily and financial markets slid after Greek Prime Minister Papandreou stunned Europe with the announcement of a Greek referendum on latest aid package.