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World visiting Europe, Joe Biden wants to renew the links with his historic ally

22:50  10 june  2021
22:50  10 june  2021 Source:   leparisien.fr

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is a sign that does not deceive. For his first trip abroad, President Joe Biden chose Europe . With two goals: Repair alliances with the countries of the old continent and mobilize democracies around the world against what he called the "threats and opponents of the modern era", appointing Russia and China in particular.

The 46th President of the United States is thus particularly charged. This Thursday, for his arrival in the United Kingdom, he has announced the gift of 500 million doses of Pfizer vaccines to distribute them to 92 disadvantaged countries through the COVAX device. A way also for the United States - and their 64% adults vaccinated first dose - to ask in the leader in the global control against the pandemic.

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After a meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson , he participates Friday at the top of the G7 in Cornwall. Monday it will be the top of the NATO leaders and the European Union-United States meeting in Brussels, before concluding its tour Tuesday with its highly anticipated head-to-head with Vladimir Putin in Geneva. A real marathon for biden, 78 years old, with a break at the castle of Windsor, Sunday, for a visit to Queen Elizabeth which, in more than 69 years of reign, received all the US presidents with the exception of Lyndon Johnson.

Tighten the ranks of the European allies


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YOUR Browser does not support this video the proof in any case than since its accession to the home- White, the times have changed. In 2009, Obama had reserved his first trip abroad to China. Four years ago, President Trump had chosen ... Saudi Arabia. Especially, barely installed in the Oval office, Trump welcomed the Brexit, described NATO of "obsolete" and its members of "bad payers" and started a bizarly warm relationship with President Putin.

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Joe Biden is part of what is called here the "Atlantists", these Americans, less and less influential in the political and economic spheres, who keep the eyes turned towards Europe. But despite this affection for the old continent, he knows that the center of gravity of global affairs moves towards Asia, that a more aggressive China than ever is to supplant the United States on the world stage and that Russia Putin seems to accommodate (not to say promoting) of a slip towards a new cold war ... So many reasons for tighten the ranks of the traditional European allies, who had hailed his victory of November.

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but Trump's damage will not be easy to repair. When the billionaire came to power, American foreign policy was deeply reworked, almost overnight. "The Trump years traumped Europe," said Rosa Balfour, a specialist in transatlantic relations in New York Times, recently. (...) Europeans will be more cautious vis-à-vis the United States.

The unilateral withdrawal of Afghanistan , apparently decided without consultation with Europeans, the refusal to reopen the United States to European travelers while Europe accepts American tourists, disputes on tariffs, Boeing and Airbus, the Disagreement on the attitude to adopt against China, are all signs of crack. Biden and Western allies have a little week to start clogging them.

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