Is the love back in transatlantic relations? In choosing Europe for his first overseas trip as the 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden strikes a stark contrast to his predecessor, who kicked off his foreign travels with a visit to Saudi Arabia. The key question: Did President Biden manage to demonstrate America’s determination to rebuild and strengthen its long-standing partnership with democratic allies and revitalize its commitment to multilateralism?
Let us examine the key take-ways from a week of meetings in the G7, NATO, and the EU-US Summit – culminating in a face-to-face with Russian President Vladimir Putin. While some might consider this a ‘rallying the troops’ exercise before confronting old and new worthy adversaries, the once special US relationship with its allies might not be a such a love-fest after all, at least not yet.
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Authors: Thea Utoft and Vesela Mincheva from Brussels and Greg Mecher from Washington DC