In gleaming Warsaw, the lure of a pungent cabbage soup and communal seating still draws crowds to Soviet-era canteens.
Europeans, who have long pushed to close the controversial facility, are hesitant to take some of its inmates.
Concerns about Islamist threat have influenced traditionally pro-Arab Europe's view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Economic retreat could hamper green investment – but it could also spur a drive to move economies away from fossil-fuel dependencies.
Team Obama is more pragmatic and less ideological than its predecessors, say diplomats and campaign advisers. Afghanistan will be a foreign-policy priority.