In the complex game of international relations, deciphering real powers from wannabes is sometimes as simple as paying attention to seemingly dull facts. Sometimes it’s as easy as taking note, as Suddeutsche Zeitung recently did in Europe, of what brand of vehicle people prefer to drive (translation ours):
Who is America’s staunchest friend and ally? Most Americans, at least those well versed in U.S. history and foreign policy, would easily and quickly reply Britain. Others might guess Israel, Canada or Australia.