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Posted: October 03, 2013

World reacts to U.S. shutdown with laughter, dismay



If you thought the shutdown debate in the U.S was ugly, just wait until you see the international reaction.

“You can’t handle the truth.”

“You have been hijacked.”

“There will be no negotiations.” (Via CNN

From Lebanon to Australia, just about everyone has something to say. (Via The Daily StarThe Australian)

French newspaper Le Monde evoked the founding fathers, writing, “Wake up, Jefferson, they’ve gone crazy!”

Malaysian newspaper Awani may have summed up the reaction best, saying the shutdown “leaves the world scratching its head.” (Via Astro Awani)

As the shutdown debate continues in the U.S., journalists across the pond reacted with a mix of bemusement and disapproval at the partisan gridlock.

A headline from The Independent read, “Americans sneeze and Brits catch the flu.”

Then there was this BBC opinion column that compared what’s happening in Washington to the crisis in Syria, noting, “Even in the middle of its ongoing civil war, the Syrian government has continued to pay its bills.”

And others in Kenya, Nigeria and Egypt suggested on Twitter the outrage over the U.S. shutdown was overblown, considering their governments deal with far worse crises. (Via Twitter / @kinnareads / @Kemety / @elnathan

And naturally, the coverage from the Russian media didn’t disappoint, like this backhanded shutdown tribute from RT.

But on a serious note, as the shutdown drags on, the ripple effects are setting in across the world.

Canada’s The Globe and Mail examines the impact the shutdown could have on exports.

Meanwhile, South Korea’s largest newspaper assured readers the budget impasse wouldn’t result in the U.S. reducing its military presence. (Via The Chosun Ilbo

Interestingly enough, the reaction by some in China has been positive with users on microblogging site Sina Weibo saying the shutdown demonstrates a good thing: There are limits placed on the U.S. government. 

Of course, it’s not the shutdown that has international observers most concerned. A failure to raise the debt ceiling by Congress’ mid-October deadline would likely destabilize financial markets worldwide. 

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