The British general election may prove as significant for Europe, and even for the United States, as for Britain itself.
The current transatlantic view of Europe is one of continental political decline, elegant at best but ominous at worst.
The framework agreement reached last week between the UN "5 plus 1" group and Iran has won general approval internationally, except in Israel and among Benjamin Netanyahu's Republican Party claque in Washington, where such was never expected.
Russia and the United States are engaged in a profound ideological confrontation -- one that isn't widely understood in Western Europe or even at the White House.
The first foreign policy speech given by a major Republican presidential prospect, Jeb Bush, in mid-February, was notable for its display of ignorance about the world and its menaces. Unfortunately, such ignorance is common among Republicans.