The US president's approval rating in Europe is 86 percent, even as he faces assaults from the right at home. But can he use that to advance his policy goals?
The Secretary of State also calls for a 'fresh start' with Russia.
Team Obama is more pragmatic and less ideological than its predecessors, say diplomats and campaign advisers. Afghanistan will be a foreign-policy priority.
Moscow's strategy to drive a wedge between European countries was on display during Monday's EU crisis meeting.
Moscow has gained leverage, threatened Georgia's pro-West leader, and bolstered national pride.
Georgian President Saakashvili called for international mediation over the breakaway region in a conflict some see as East vs. West.
European objections keep Georgia, Ukraine off membership track, but US plans for missile-defense program in Europe gets an endorsement.
Ahead of a major summit April 2-4, Germany is leading the opposition against their accession.