Is Joe Biden really a friend of Europe?

 

Is Joe Biden really a friend of Europe?
With Joe Biden installed in the White House, European leaders can breathe a sigh of relief, says Baptiste Roman. Gone is the “amateur and chaotic” diplomacy that characterised the Trump era; no longer will they discover the president’s decisions via Twitter. Biden is a respectful multilateralist. He has appointed seasoned professionals to foreign policy roles: Antony Blinken, a French speaker who grew up partly in Paris, is secretary of state; the Obama-era veteran John Kerry is climate envoy. But things won’t pick up where they left off. The US no longer thinks of itself as the world’s policeman. Biden will review Trump’s decision to pull US troops out of Germany, but it’s hard to imagine the US intervening as it has in the past in, say, Kosovo. “Europe will not be a priority.” Instead, Biden’s focus will be on curtailing China’s ambitions. The fact that the EU has signed a major trade deal with Beijing, ignoring the Biden camp’s pleas, is already a source of tension. Trump may have left the White House – but his four years in office look to have changed US foreign policy for good.

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