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E.U. leaders welcome U.S., Joe Biden back to 'global scene'

E.U. leaders welcome U.S., Joe Biden back to 'global scene'

6/15/2021 5:33:00 PM

E.U. leaders welcome U.S., Joe Biden back to 'global scene'

'America is back. We are committed —we have never fully left — but we are reasserting the fact it is overwhelmingly in the interest of the United States to have a great relationship with NATO and with the EU,' President Joe Biden said, adding he has 'a very different view than [his]

President Joe Biden arrived in Brussels Tuesday for the U.S.- European Union summit.Biden aims to restore relations with EU leaders after four years of tension under former president Donald Trump."America is back," Biden said."We are committed —we have never fully left — but we are reasserting the fact it is overwhelmingly in the interest of the United States to have a great relationship with NATO and with the EU."

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He added that he has"a very different view than [his] predecessor."This sentiment was echoed by European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen."You are back in Brussels and America is back on the global scene," Michel said of Biden."It's great news."

Von der Leyen signaled a new chapter of U.S.-EU relations."The last four years have not been easy," Von der Leyen said."The world has dramatically changed, Europe has changed, we want to reassure you, your friends and allies."After gaining renewed support with leaders at the G7 and NATO summits, White House officials told the Associated Press they are confident Biden is building more goodwill with Europe ahead of meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin Wednesday. headtopics.com

In a press conference after the NATO summit Monday, Biden said that every world leader thanked him for meeting with Putin right now.NATO leaders said"Russia's aggressive actions constitute a threat to Euro-Atlantic security" in their communique following the summit.

"All leaders agreed that in an age of global competition Europe and North America must stand strong together in NATO, to defend our values and our interests, especially at a time when authoritarian regimes, like Russia and China, challenge the rules-based international order," NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said at the summit.

Leaders at the U.S.-EU summit are expected to discuss trade, the coronavirus pandemic and climate change as well as concerns over Russia and China.US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, US President Joe Biden, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and others attend a EU - US summit at the European Union headquarters in Brussels on June 15, 2021.

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Both sides agreed to suspend tariffs for five years."Today's announcement resolves a longstanding trade irritant in the U.S.-Europe relationship," U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai told the Associated Press."Instead of fighting with one of our closest allies, we are finally coming together against a common threat."

Tai added that the U.S. and EU agreed to work together"to challenge and counter China's non-market practices in this sector in specific ways that reflect our standards for fair competition."According to a statement from the White House, the agreement"signals a mutual determination to embark on a fresh start in the relationship." However, the agreement also retains flexibility for the United States to reapply tariffs"if we're no longer competing on a level playing field."

Tariffs can be implemented if the U.S. determines that U.S. companies are not able to"compete fairly" with the EU's, Tai told the AP. Read more: Newsweek »

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