Why have the Americans stopped calling?

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More US phone calls go to India than to Western Europe.

According to press reports, for the first time the volume of telephone calls between the United States and India has overtaken that between the US and Western Europe.

This reflects the growth of India’s telecoms market and its immense population, around 1.2 billion. But it also underlines how American strategic and economic priorities have shifted sharply away from Europe and towards Asia.

In the 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the US has removed all but a token military presence from Europe. It has become less willing to fight Europe’s wars – in the Balkans, and now the Ukraine – and much less inclined to listen to Europe.

The turning point came in 2002 when George W. Bush attempted to persuade European allies of his project to topple Saddam Hussein.

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