Here are our top picks for what the world is saying about the U.S. today.
Comin’ to America
As the U.S. Congress debates comprehensive immigration reform, this story from India’s The Hindu is a sharp reminder of what’s at stake. According to a Gallup poll, about 138 million people across the globe would like to immigrate to America. That staggering figure includes 19 million Chinese, 13 million Nigerians, 10 million Indians, and 37 percent of the population of Liberia.
German press unimpressed
President Obama’s visit to Israel and Palestine has been covered from every imaginable angle this week, but few have been more pointedly critical of the president than this article from Germany’s Der Spiegel. The magazine lists a highlight reel of complaints from German commentators. Not only is the Israeli-Palestinian peace process farther than ever from a peaceful conclusion, the Germans say, but Obama has never been in a less effective position to broker peace.
A first lady to look up to
Peng Liyuan, the wife of China’s President Xi Jinping, isn’t your typical Chinese first lady. Unlike in the U.S., the wives of China’s presidents are usually eager to avoid the spotlight. But Ms. Peng is different. A famous singer who plays an active role in social welfare programs, Ms. Peng was far better known in China than her husband, at least until he became president.
Xin Hua, China’s state-owned news agency commented on Ms. Peng’s growing status, writing that “the United States has Michelle, and we have Peng Liyuan.” The article added that “when a country has a respected and beloved ‘first lady’, it will greatly improve both the internal and external image of this country.”