The Biden administration has a pretty good idea of what it wants from Europe, which is to go along with their China policy. They are less clear about what they type of Europe they want. Ultimately, if Biden wants a Europe that competes with China he will have to change how the US thinks about the EU, strategic autonomy, burden sharing, and trade.
The whole ‘Global Britain’ model doesn’t reflect the more protectionist, nationalistic world we’re living in ... becoming a global free trader in 2016 is a bit like turning into a communist in 1989. It’s bad timing.
Senate Republicans must ask themselves if the United States can afford two or four years of legislative stagnation if we are to compete with China...They could find common ground with Republicans on industrial policy, infrastructure and many other areas if they place competition with China at the heart of their agenda.
Europe is especially close to Mr Biden’s heart ... the Democratic challenger would be the most pro-Atlanticist president in his bones since George HW Bush. Mr Biden is more immersed in and committed to Europe than his former boss Barack Obama.
The COVID crisis is the first international crisis since pre-World War II days where there’s been zero U.S. international leadership...In fact, the president in particular has actively impaired efforts of cooperation. We’ve seen the consequences of that pretty dramatically.
[The decision to pull nearly 12,000 troops from Germany] is all to do with Donald Trump’s deep-seated psychological hostility to Germany in general and Angela Merkel in particular. There’s no strategy.
It is absurd for the U.S. to claim to represent the free world given President Donald Trump doesn’t care about democracy, human rights or freedom overseas. The Trump administration repeatedly rejected requests from Europe to work together on China until a few weeks ago ... It’s a bit rich for him to now blame allies for not doing enough.
I don’t think [the U.S.-U.K. relationship under Britain's new Prime Minister Boris Johnson] is going to go particularly well, to be honest. I don’t see Johnson throwing a switch and saying we are now aligned on foreign policy. And I don’t see [President] Trump changing his transactional view of the special relationship.
[President Trump] has said on a number of occasions that he was prevented from working more closely with Putin in the first two years because of the Russia investigation...This is the first meeting with Putin since the Mueller report. And so if his own remarks are anything to go by, we may sort of expect to see him trying to open up a sort of deeper period of cooperation with Putin.