«America First, Donald Trump claimed. «America is back», Welcome to Joe Biden, now White House successor. A slogan borrowed from the recovery optimism raises a number of comforting questions among US allies.
Now, the new president is increasing their attention-grabbing messages and gestures. This was the main purpose of his speech via video conference after a meeting of G7 heads of state and government at the Security Council in Munich on Friday, February 19.
This discussion was mainly about urgency, i.e. the fight against pandemics and the weather. On the other hand, the Munich Conference was a place of caution among the Allies, despite the desire of all to develop Atlantic maritime relations and rebuild effective multinationalism. Only British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was excited about the return of the United States “As the leader of the free world. “ Joe Biden did not even mention the United Kingdom in his speech.
The U.S. president also did not address the thorny question about the future of NATO. In his speech, he described the world as an area of animosity between two models of resistance by authoritarian regimes and democracies. “We continue to support the cause of a free and peaceful Europe.” He said. Biden also confirmed the US will to reconnect with Europe “Recover the position of trusted leadership”. However, the focus is on the forms in which Europeans must adopt their strategic autonomy, the only horizon that can survive in the context of a Sino-American conflict.
Geopolitical competition around vaccines
For NATO, Article 5, one of the pillars of the Joe Biden alliance, was content to remember the solidarity between the members and the unwavering closeness with which one of them attacked. US President welcomes European budget efforts in defense and confirms freeze Withdrawal of 35,000 American troops stationed in Germany.
The accents chosen by Emmanuel Macron in his own intervention were different from his American rival’s warm warm Atlantic Ocean speech. The Head of State congratulated the need to provide vaccines to medical officers in African countries. He justified it Geopolitical competition in the region with Russian and Chinese vaccines. After all, he clearly warned against any delusional temptations to return to the American order in the liberal camp. More than ever, it is believed that a revived Atlantic maritime relationship depends on Europe’s ability to build its own path and strengthen itself in the field of security.
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