- By Uri Friedman
Uri Friedman is deputy managing editor at Foreign Policy. Before joining FP, he reported for the Christian Science Monitor, worked on corporate strategy for Atlantic Media, helped launch the Atlantic Wire, and covered international affairs for the site. A proud native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he studied European history at the University of Pennsylvania and has lived in Barcelona, Spain and Geneva, Switzerland.
Checking out how presidential elections play on the front pages of U.S. newspapers — and stowing away those papers for posterity — is a favorite pastime of American politics (and a reminder of why some news is still best conveyed in old-fashioned newsprint). But news outlets in other countries also produce some gems. Take the Venezuelan paper shown above, which has the president roaring over the headline, “Obama: I won!”
Courtesy of the Newseum and other sources, here are 10 front pages today from around the world that you won’t want to miss. Below, Belgium’s De Standaard splices the faces of Obama and Mitt Romney together to highlight America’s partisan divisions, under the headline, “The Torn Country” (a Czech paper mashed up the candidates’ faces as well — and the result is significantly more disturbing).
Here’s some fodder for American declinists. The Danish newspaper Politiken notes that the United States elected a new president but asks whether China’s heir apparent Xi Jinping is the “world’s new leader.”
Feeling a bit disoriented from a long night of watching election results? Lebanon’s Daily Star captures the feeling well:
Newseum/The Daily Star
In a review of the steep economic challenges facing the next U.S. president, Austria’s Die Presse asks a simple question: “And what now, Mr. President?”
The Jamaica Observer wins the award for the most unflattering picture of a triumphant Obama:
Germany’s Die Welt leads with a think piece entitled “What A Great Country” that criticizes Europeans for indulging in “premature schadenfreude” about America’s decline as a superpower, and argues that the United States is still a “land of opportunity.”
Wondering how Obama is feeling after his resounding victory? Canada’s Calgary Sun suggests he may have some swagger in his step:
Britain’s the Guardian arguably has the most artistic front page (oddly enough, and perhaps in an effort to make Obama look particularly formidable, papers in Panama and Spain also show Obama’s breath lingering in the cold air) :
India’s Deccan Chronicle made some odd artistic choices in framing the race on Election Day. Why the photograph of Obama speaking alongside an awkward picture of Mitt and Ann Romney kissing?