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2016 Presidential Election

US Election Updates - November 6, 2012

European press backs Obama

President Barack Obama received a less than enthusiastic backing of European newspapers on Monday with the majority concluding he had just about done enough to be re-elected over his Republican rival Mitt Romney.

Support for the Democratic incumbent appeared to based more on what he had avoided such as an economic depression in the U.S. as opposed to his achievements in office.

London's Financial Times said Obama’s 2012 campaign inspired little inspiration in comparison to his victory in 2008 when he was elected as the country’s first black president.

"In a risk-averse campaign dominated by political consultants, both men have displayed a poverty of ambition," the newspaper said.

Meanwhile, The Times of London wrote Obama had run a longwinded campaign while Romney had proved himself to be a credible candidate.

"President Obama has lost the campaign and his record has many holes," The Times said. "But he has done enough to earn a second term."

Britain's left-leaning Guardian said: "The record is certainly not perfect but he has done about as well as anyone could reasonably expect.”

Across the Channel, France’s Le Monde offered slight praise in its endorsement, saying Obama was "not always brilliant, but solid".

In Spain, a country hardhit by the eurozone crisis and tough austerity measures, El Pais backed Obama as Romney's spending cuts did not appeal to the left-leaning paper.

The German media provided a critical look into the economic conditions of the United States. The weekly news magazine Der Spiegel has on its cover a cartoon of Uncle Sam with a thermometer in his mouth and the headline "The American Patient".

Romney, who is far less well-known in Europe, is seen as too right-wing by many. However, he won the backing of Switzerland's Neue Zuercher Zeitung, which said he was more able than Obama to break the "reform logjam" in Washington.