Debate next week on new U.S. President Joe Biden and relations with EU

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President Trump’s inauguration in 2017, when the Capitol stage was packed with guests.Credit…Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

10 hours before Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony as the 46th President of the United States, the European Parliament will discuss new perspectives for dialogue and cooperation between the EU and the United States.

>> Follow the EP live debate on Wednesday 20 January 2021, starting at 8:30 a.m. here

All European leaders recognized that Trump was more like a sweeping typhoon than a unifying leader.

From the debate on Wednesday 20 January 2021 in the European Parliament, in Plenary Session meeting starting at 8:30 a.m. and chaired by President David Sassoli, a unanimous wish for strong collaboration on the major issues of planetary dimension should emerge.

As the then American Vice-President Joe Biden recalled in 2017 in Brussels (see video below), the US and the EU together represent about 800 million citizens and working together and united to help them is a duty and a necessity.

There are many issues on the table and the last 4 years have in fact frozen the progress in relations between the two continents.

First of all, there are issues on which only a strong alliance between the EU and the U.S. is essential:

  • Fight against Coronavirus 
  • International terrorism
  • Internal terrorism
  • Climate change
  • World stability
  • Arms control

Then there are issues that are better resolved together, rather than wielding a tug-of-war that the Trump administration was passionate about:

  • Digital markets and monopoly positions
  • cyber security
  • world trade
  • trade relations with China
  • and more….

Joe Biden is unlikely to mention this at the Inauguration Ceremony on Wednesday 20 January at noon, but eEuropa.Blog is informed that the new U.S.President will soon turn to the EU to ask for and offer full cooperation.

>> Follow the live debate on Wednesday 20 January 2021, starting at 8:30 a.m. here


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