Before you can answer the question “What is the European perspective of the United States” you need to ask “Which Europeans?”. Those who lived behind the infamous Iron Curtain have a very different view from those that were never trodden into de facto poverty under the Marxist Socialist Soviet boot. They see where we are going because they have been that route. Thanks to the PowerLine here is a sample of a common view from Eastern Europe.
An editorial from the Czech newspaper Prager Zeitungon:
The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who made him their president.
This sentiment is nowhere to be found in countries like Germany, France or Spain. If you have been there and suffered it, you know it when you see it. If you haven’t, you don’t.