‘The U.S. is again’: Europe cherishes Trump’s departure on Biden’s Inauguration Day

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LONDON — The European Union is cheering the arrival of President-elect Joe Biden after 4 fractious years below the management of Donald Trump.

Simply hours earlier than the president-elect takes an oath to function the 46th president of the USA, European officers weren’t afraid of expressing their happiness at Biden’s forthcoming inauguration and ambitions for the brand new administration. 

“This present day brings excellent news: The US is again and Europe stands able to reconnect with an previous and trusted accomplice,” Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Fee stated on Wednesday.

“Joe Biden’s oath will likely be a message of therapeutic for a deeply divided nation and will probably be a message of hope to a world ready for the U.S. to be again within the circle of like-minded states,” von der Leyen additionally stated in Brussels, including that “after 4 lengthy years, Europe has a pal within the White Home.”

The U.S. and the EU have been at odds over a number of points, from worldwide commerce to local weather change, since Trump arrived on the White Home in January 2017. The president’s combative fashion and unilateral actions weren’t welcomed by European officers, who had been used to coordinating some insurance policies with the USA. 

Nonetheless, the EU is hoping {that a} Biden administration will imply extra cooperation going ahead.

“It’s greater than a transition, it is a chance to rejuvenate the transatlantic relationship,” Charles Michel, European Council president, stated on Wednesday.

The European Union introduced in December a plan on how to improve the transatlantic relationship. That is targeted on 4 main coverage areas: well being response, local weather change, commerce and tech, and safety.

However European officers are additionally conscious that with regards to digital taxation, for example, it may be arduous to succeed in an settlement in a single day.

President- elect Joe Biden.

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“We’ve got our variations and they won’t magically disappear,” Michel additionally stated on the European Parliament.

Earlier this week, European finance ministers mentioned with the previous financial advisor to the Obama administration, Larry Summers, the way forward for the transatlantic relationship.

In keeping with one EU official, who didn’t wish to be named because of the sensitivity of the talks, Summers stated this would be the first time for the reason that fall of the Berlin Wall that there will likely be such an in depth relationship between the U.S. and the EU.

Nonetheless, Summers additionally tried to handle expectations, suggesting that it might take a bit longer than anticipated for the brand new administration to settle in and appoint all the required officers it wants.