Since President Obama got rock-star treatment five years ago and was awarded the Nobel Prize, US relations with Europe have declined, instead of improving. The economic downturn, NSA spying and the pivot toward Asia have not helped. Now, Russia's threat to Ukraine gives new importance to economic ties to the European Union and the to the role of NATO. We update this week's presidential visit. Also, Osama Bin Laden's son-in-law is convicted of conspiring to kill Americans, and Facebook invests big money in virtual reality.
Banner image: President Barack Obama delivers a speech Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Belgium March 26, 2014. Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters