(Sir Europe Brussels) – "The United States are a strategic partner for the European Union, and we look forward to continuing the close cooperation established with President Obama over the last four years to further strengthen our bilateral relations and join forces against the global challenges, including those of security and economy". Herman Van Rompuy and José Manuel Barroso, president of the EU Council and president of the EU Commission, respectively, send their "heart-felt congratulations" to the re-elected president of the United States, Barack Obama. "Growth and employment are still priorities for both the United States and the European Union, and we will keep working with president Obama to release the unprecedented potential of the transatlantic market. We are also going to continue our intensive cooperation in foreign policy and in the promotion of our common values". Van Rompuy and Barroso conclude: "We look forward to meeting president Obama soon, to reconfirm our priorities and give new momentum to our common policy". Right now, all of the EU leaders are sending messages to the White House, from the British Cameron to the German Merkel, from the Italian Monti to the French Hollande. Messages also from the Eastern European countries, from Moscow and from Peking, from Israel and from the Arab states.