A party atmosphere throughout Europe as Obama supporters watched gigantic electronic screens as the story of the night unfolded.
In Madrid, hundreds of mainly young students braved cold conditions to back their man – the majority had no doubts as to the outcome.
30 year-old Paco Cruz spoke for many:
“ I think that , now more than ever, we need some hope, something that makes us change, both Americans and the rest of the world. This is the time.”
Even before the polls closed, the message from European Foreign Ministers meeting in Marseilles was one calling for change.
In a prepared letter addressed to the new US President-elect , the EU says it wants a new, fresh and equal relationship between Washington and Brussels.
While in Paris, Republicans and Democrats held a joint party for their ex-pat citizens and anyone else who wanted to join in.