Reuters looks at the "hefty agenda" the president is bringing with him to Europe. "Analysts said enthusiasm for Obama among the public in Europe will make for a positive tone in his meetings with allies such as British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. But the warm personal reception Obama will receive might not ease the way for his aims of prodding European allies to spend more to rescue the global economy and offer more troops and resources for the Afghanistan war."
The AP also looks at his "busy agenda." It calls him "wildly popular around the globe but relatively inexperienced in foreign affairs… When Obama went to Europe last summer -- he was a senator seeking the presidency -- he was received like a rock star. His welcome this time is expected to be no less enthusiastic."
Russia's Medvedev, meanwhile, pens a Washington Post op-ed. "It is hard to dispute the pessimistic assessments of the Russian-American relationship that prevailed at the end of last year. Unfortunately, relations soured because of the previous U.S. administration's plans -- specifically, deployment of the U.S. global missile defense system in Eastern Europe, efforts to push NATO's borders eastward and refusal to ratify the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe. All of these positions undermined Russia's interests and, if implemented, would inevitably require a response on our part."
"I believe that removing such obstacles to good relations would be beneficial to our countries -- essentially removing 'toxic assets' to make good a negative balance sheet -- and beneficial to the world."