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World How Europeans have reacted to Biden's visit

03:50  16 june  2021
03:50  16 june  2021 Source:   bbc.com

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Has Biden ' s visit improved security in Europe ? Mr Biden made clear that the US was recommitting to the transatlantic partnership, through Nato and the EU, and that he expects these two organisations to deliver on the global security challenges facing transatlantic partners. US recommitment to Article 5 of the Atlantic Charter is a very welcome sign of US recommitment to European security. How does this trip compare with those of Biden ' s predecessors? He has delivered very concrete results, which his predecessors did not manage to do.

World leaders will be closely watching how Biden plans to reshape U. S . foreign policy. Many quickly expressed a willingness to work with the President-elect and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris to develop closer ties with the U. S ., after four years of President Trump’ s “America First” foreign policy approach. Australia’ s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, told Biden and Harris on Twitter that he looked forward to working with them as they “face the world’ s many challenges together.” Tensions between China and Australia have been rising in recent months over trade. Chinese state-run media recently

Joe Biden meets Russia's Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, fresh from days of talks with European leaders on his first visit to the continent as US president.

Ursula von der Leyen, Joe Biden are posing for a picture: If it's Tuesday, this must be Brussels: President Biden with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen © Reuters If it's Tuesday, this must be Brussels: President Biden with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen

Mr Biden has met leaders at the G7 in Cornwall, then at Nato and EU headquarters in Brussels. So what impression has he made? Here, three prominent Europeans give their assessments:

Europe back at heart of US global policy

By David O'Sullivan, EU ambassador to the US (2014-19)

a couple of people that are talking to each other: David O'Sullivan was EU ambassador first under President Barack Obama and then under President Donald Trump © David O'Sullivan David O'Sullivan was EU ambassador first under President Barack Obama and then under President Donald Trump

What lessons have Europeans learned from Biden's trip?

On 1st overseas trip, Biden to assure allies and meet Putin

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Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden are greeted as they arrive at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland on Friday. Photograph: Carlos Barría/Reuters. Previewing meetings with “many of our closest democratic partners” and Vladimir Putin, Biden promised to “demonstrate the capacity of democracies to both meet the challenges and deter the threats of this new age”. Critics may point out that the president would do well to face up to attacks on democracy at home.

Biden has proposed funding the massive plan by implementing tax reforms. The most notable would raise taxes on large corporations to pay for the bill, walking back some of the corporate tax cuts pushed through by the Trump administration. Biden has promised that no one earning under 0,000 would see a tax raise to pay for the infrastructure proposal. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and other Democrats are hoping that the infrastructure bill might be a vehicle to overturn another Trump-era tax rule.

President Biden has reaffirmed America's traditional support for the European Union as an important partner in global affairs.

Tuesday's EU-US summit declaration announces a series of joint actions, ranging from the response to the pandemic and action in the fight against climate change to strengthened co-operation on trade, investment and technology. There's also a firm commitment to defend democracy and human rights.

There is even a breakthrough agreement on greater joint work and co-operation in the area of security and defence, previously an almost taboo subject.

A series of working groups and a new Trade and Technology Council will ensure that, in the coming months, the co-ordination is intensified across the full range of these issues. Europe, and specifically the EU, is back at the centre of US global policy.

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But VP Biden can’t get out of this one. (Article by Joe Hoft republished from TheGatewayPundit.com) Biden did not let WYOU reporter Andy Mehalshick get through his question before s. In a text message sent to Hunter Biden from his Uncle Jim Biden , former Vice President Joe Biden ’ s brother, Uncle Jim shares that both he and former VP Joe Biden are upset with accusations of impropriety but they don’t believe them. Jim and Joe Biden want to discuss with Hunter so they can all get their stories straight

Has Biden's visit improved security in Europe?

President Biden's very strong reassertion of America's support for Nato and, in particular, Article 5, represents an important return to the American leadership of the past and a big reassurance for European security. [Article 5 commits members to defend each other from attack].

How does this trip compare with those of Biden's predecessors?

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The entire choreography of his visit to Europe was designed to show his strong commitment to the transatlantic relationship, the value he places on allies and alliances, such as Nato, the G7 and the EU, and a heartfelt commitment to multilateralism.

The contrast with the Trump years could hardly be more marked but, arguably, demonstrates a stronger engagement with Europe than even that of President Barack Obama. The breakthrough on the long-running Airbus-Boeing dispute shows that this is not just about rhetoric but also about delivery.

Biden and his aviators greet queen on a sunny afternoon

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  How Europeans have reacted to Biden's visit © BBC

Biden expects Nato and EU to deliver

By Alexandra de Hoop Scheffer (Head of German Marshall Fund in Paris, ex-French foreign ministry adviser on US)

a person wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera © Alexandra de Hoop Scheffer

What lessons have Europeans learned from Biden's trip?

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Europeans have clearly understood that when President Biden says "America is back", he really means it. He showed that US leadership, despite the Trump years, still has the unparalleled power of rallying partners around common issues and responses, especially on the "3Cs" of his agenda: Covid, climate and China.

Has Biden's visit improved security in Europe?

Mr Biden made clear that the US was recommitting to the transatlantic partnership, through Nato and the EU, and that he expects these two organisations to deliver on the global security challenges facing transatlantic partners. US recommitment to Article 5 of the Atlantic Charter is a very welcome sign of US recommitment to European security.

How does this trip compare with those of Biden's predecessors?

AP PHOTOS: Biden wraps up 1st overseas trip of presidency

  AP PHOTOS: Biden wraps up 1st overseas trip of presidency Joe Biden wrapped up the first overseas trip of his presidency Wednesday after rallying allies and facing off with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The eight-day, three-country swing included meetings with leaders of the Group of Seven wealthiest democracies in scenic Cornwall, England, and a meeting with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle. In Brussels, Biden huddled with nearly a dozen NATO allies and met with the leadership of the European Union. The stop was meant to convey a united front among alliance members in standing up to Russian aggression and human rights violations. © Provided by Associated Press People watch Air Force One, carrying U.S.

He has delivered very concrete results, which his predecessors did not manage to do. On China, both Nato and the EU are stepping up their narrative and actions against China, under US impulse.

He has also accepted several proposals made by the EU. On technological issues and cyber-security, which are a top priority for Mr Biden, he has agreed to establish the EU-US Trade and Technology Council, while asking Nato to step up its tech innovation policy and resilience against cyber attacks; on Russia, he also accepted an EU proposal to establish an EU-US high-level dialogue on Russia, which is a very constructive move from a European perspective.

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  • Biden: America back at the table after G7 summit
  How Europeans have reacted to Biden's visit © BBC

A new spirit with the US

Hans-Gert Pöttering (Former President of the European Parliament)

Hans-Gert Pöttering wearing glasses and a suit and tie © Hans-Gert Pöttering

What lessons have Europeans learned from Biden's trip?

Thanks to President Joe Biden, there is a new spirit between the US, Nato and the EU. Politics is to a great extent based on confidence and trust between political leaders.

Has Biden's visit improved security in Europe?

There is a new trust now in American politics. President Biden made it clear that Nato is based on values, and the US-EU relationship is as well. This attitude is most important because it is the basis for common action. In this sense, European security is stronger now.

Jill Biden touts vaccine in poorly inoculated Mississippi

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But Europeans should not make a mistake. They should not think: "Now everything is OK." Europeans should use the Biden years to make Europe and the European Union stronger: remain transatlantic and become more European.

How does this trip compare with those of Biden's predecessors?

President Biden is a reliable partner and friend of the Europeans and he is aware of the importance of the European Union. This is the difference from his predecessor.

Jill Biden touts vaccine in poorly inoculated Mississippi .
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — First lady Jill Biden visited one of the states least vaccinated against COVID-19 on Tuesday, encouraging residents of Mississippi to get their shots and telling them, "The White House, our administration — we care about you.” “I’m here today to ask all of the people who can hear my voice, who can see my face, to get their shot," Biden said after visiting a clinic at Jackson State University, one of the largest historically Black universities in the country. She was scheduled to visit another vaccination clinic in Nashville with country singer Brad Paisley later Tuesday.

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