Long-time readers will know that I'm hardly a fan of the ideology of subordinating national sovereignty to unaccountable international forums and their penchant for inventing so-called international law (see my "International Law" tag for previous posts). So it's nice to see that Germany - one of the main advocates of this set of bad ideas - is backtracking. Apparently, so long as the going was fine, Germany was eager to put Europe and everyone else first; when the going got tough, however, they want first to take of care of their own.
I'm not certain each of the new German policies is to be greeted, but the overarching direction certainly is.
Meanwhile, over in the US of A, home of George Bush the unilateralist, they may have just elected a president who's entire transformative program may be to ensure and redouble the strength of America's uniqueness. Here's hoping.