I'm very happy Obama got elected, for somewhat similar reasons to Blackmail. Bush was generally not very well-regarded in my country, despite our close relations with the US, and he was not a good ambassador for the US. Who the US elects does matter to the rest of the world.
That's a joke right ?
I mean, we don't even have a central government in Europe.
The governments of individual European states are highly centralized (for the most part). Also, the European Union is essentially an unaccountable bureaucracy that extensively impacts virtually every aspect of the daily life of the poor saps under its influence.
No, it is LIBERAL interpretations of Islam that are needed; most so-called moderates are either irreligious or are in fact Islamists that pursue their agenda through peaceful, democratic means. You can't reform global Islam if you are unwilling or unable to accurately diagnose the problem (that said, nuking the collective Muslim world is just psychotic idiocy).
1.) Militant Islam cannot compare to the former Communist threat.
2.) The Australian Labor party (along with other "third way" social democrats)is currently moderate in terms of policy, but the principles and ideas utilized to justify policies have longterm implications and consequences beyond the short-term impact of the policies themselves (except for judicial and "entitlement" policies, which last for decades or longer). If they became an explicitly social-liberal party (and therefore made clear that liberal principles have inherent priority over socialist principles), I would have no problem with them.