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Politics Joe Biden must think about the transatlantic alliance if he wins

01:30  01 july  2020
01:30  01 july  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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It is not too early to begin to assess the international challenges former Vice President Joe Biden will face if his standing in public opinion polls holds up and he becomes the next U.S. president. High among these is the dramatic deterioration in the transatlantic alliance, which has served American interests so well for so long.

Joe Biden wearing a suit and tie: Joe Biden must think about the transatlantic alliance if he wins © Getty Images Joe Biden must think about the transatlantic alliance if he wins

A president Biden will inherit long-time European allies who have lost faith in the United States and no longer share a world view or a desire to work with Washington. At the Munich Security Conference in February 2019, Biden reassured Europeans that: "This too shall pass." Biden could not have been more wrong. New public opinion polls demonstrate that both Americans and Europeans have turned inward, the ties that bind them together have frayed and their interests have diverged.

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He says he ’s tested every day and he ’s eager to put his cognitive capabilities up against the “It’s not about I. It’s about us,” Biden said. “And I think changing the tone of the administration Biden says that Putin would not be able to act with impunity in central and eastern Europe if he Biden is president.

Foreign policy pundits have long bemoaned the American public's isolationist sensibilities. But Europeans have also turned their backs on the United States. Six-in-ten Europeans in a recent survey by the European Council on Foreign Relations say their view of the United States has changed for the worse in recent months.

Given such sentiment, it is not surprising that, in a new German Marshall Fund survey, there is no majority support by the French, German or American publics for their governments to get involved in any of seven international issues. The strongest backing for more government action was to restrict Iran's access to nuclear weapons. And even then the allies disagreed. Just 49 percent of the Germans, 40 percent of Americans and only 28 percent of the French wanted something done.

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He says he ’s tested every day and he ’s eager to put his cognitive capabilities up against the “It’s not about I. It’s about us,” Biden said. “And I think changing the tone of the administration Biden says that Putin would not be able to act with impunity in central and eastern Europe if he Biden is president.

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On most other issues--the Sahel, the South China Sea, Afghanistan, Ukraine and North Korea-public support for decreasing international engagement was generally greater than increasing involvement, especially in France and the United States. Nor is there any sign of support for the allies working together to deal with shared international challenges.

A majority of Americans back joining with Europe on the coronavirus crisis. And a majority of the French and Germans support transatlantic cooperation in combating climate change. But Americans, for their part, disdain collaboration on climate issues and Europeans look askance at cooperation on the health crisis. Moreover, on a whole range of other problems-dealing with China, Russia, trade, cybersecurity, among others-there is minimal public interest in transatlantic cooperation.

Finally, when it comes to the longstanding flashpoint of military burden sharing, only about a third or fewer of the Germans (35 percent) and the French (29 percent) and a quarter of Americans (23 percent) want to increase defense spending. Moreover, as both Europe and the United State facing constrained revenues as they dig out of their pandemic-induced recessions, aversion to defense spending could become an even bigger headache.

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Then he said intelligence advisors told him that assessments about the program weren’t “credible”, and the press Biden says that Putin would not be able to act with impunity in central and eastern Europe if he Biden demands transparency from White House on race for vaccine. Joe Biden is delivering

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Without a shared desire to avoid another European war and absent an immediate external adversary to create transatlantic solidarity, President Biden will need to refocus the transatlantic alliance on future challenges where there is at least some public concern about the issues or willingness for international engagement to deal with it. Foremost among these should be climate change and dealing with the coronavirus and the Iranian nuclear weapons program-challenges that cannot be dealt with by countries acting alone.

To that end, on day one President Biden should announce that the United States is rejoining both the Paris Climate Agreement and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran. Such initiatives will have great symbolic value, signaling to Europe that, in Biden's words at Munich, "We are back." Washington and its transatlantic partners will then need to quickly work out a joint approach to improving their climate commitments consistent with a goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and a timetable to achieve that ambition.

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With regard to Iran, Biden and the European allies should offer to freeze future sanctions on Iran in return for an Iranian freeze on advances in its nuclear weapons program. They should begin talks with Iran on missiles, counter terrorism and human rights. The United States and Europe should lift all trade barriers on medical supplies and equipment. They should establish a joint stockpile of medical supplies to better respond to inevitable emergencies. Throughout the Cold War, there were transatlantic differences on foreign and security policy, and these will undoubtedly continue.

But a Biden administration will have to wrestle with an even more divided alliance. When President Biden sits down with his European counterparts their respective publics will no longer necessarily share the hopes and fears that bound them to America for nearly three generations. The only way for the next administration to preserve the transatlantic alliance is for it to demonstrate that U.S.-European cooperation is the best way to solve the problems people care about most.

Bruce Stokes directs the Transatlantic Task Force at the German Marshall Fund.

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