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U.S. President Biden’s Rocky Road To Rebuilding Trust With Europe

President Biden’s rocky road to rebuilding trust with Europe:

1/22/2021 1:58:00 PM

President Biden ’s rocky road to rebuilding trust with Europe :

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NATO members saw a huge breach of trust had taken place following Trump’s ambiguity over whether he would uphold NATO’s collective defense guarantees due to longstanding arguments that European members were not pulling their weight. “Trump literally thought that EU had been set up to cheat and take advantage of the U.S.,” said Luigi Scazzieri, a researcher at the Centre for European Reform think tank. 

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“Biden doesn’t, so this makes working together feasible in a huge range of areas,” he said. Early resolutionsThe rebuilding of transatlantic relations has already started.  On his first day in office, Biden signed a host of executive orders that include rejoining the Paris climate pact and the World Health Organization. 

 Many members of Biden’s team are also people that Europe has already worked with and trust, such as his pick for U.S. secretary of state, Tony Blinken.Brussels and Washington are also keen to reboot World Trade Organization initiatives.And although it may take a while, there is hope for a resolution for the tariffs that Trump slapped on the EU for aluminum imports. Additionally, the longstanding dispute on subsidies between Boeing and Airbus could be settled too.

A fragile rebuilding of trustBut an easy return of EU-U.S. relations prior to Trump is unlikely. The main issue of contention is China. Even before being sworn in, the Biden administration showed its dismay after the European Commission signed a trade pact with China in December. 

The Comprehensive Agreement on Investments (CAI), which took seven years in the making, will remove barriers to foreign investments in China and allow European companies to compete more equally.But the Biden team has already signaled that it will continue with a tough line on China. 

Blinkin said on January 19 he believed Trump was correct to take a hard-line approach to China due to alleged human rights violations but did not agree with his methods.The Biden team have already called out China over its human rights record with regards to a Muslim

... [+]minority group. (Photo by Romy Arroyo Fernandez/NurPhoto via Getty Images)NurPhoto via Getty ImagesHe also said he believed reports that China was committing genocide against minority Muslims in Xinjiang, which China denies. “I think we should be looking at making sure that we are not importing products that are made with forced labor from Xinjiang ... we need to make sure that we’re also not exporting technologies and tools that could be used to further their repression. That’s one place to start,” he said.

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But the EU will always be more closely aligned to the U.S. than China as it recognizes it shares the same values. But the bloc doesn't feel comfortable being dragged into a broader confrontation.It is this issue that Scazzieri believes will prevent the rebuilding of trust in the long run and even undermine it. 

“The initial signs are not too promising,” he said. “Of course, there's going to be more consultation than there was under Trump and both sides know that they want to work together. “But the U.S. ultimately expects that Europe's going to follow much more closely than Europe probably will follow,” Scazzieri said. 

While the EU distances itself from the U.S. on its approach to China, the United Kingdom has decided to cozy up the U.S. on its China stance. Europe’s own pathAnother issue between the EU and U.S. is digital. The bloc is planning to regulate and tax digital giants, mainly American companies, more heavily. There is the possibility of joint action with the U.S. but it largely depends on if Biden agrees and how much political capital the administration is willing to spend on it. 

Europe's Digital Services Act will aim to regulate the tech giants, which are namely in the United... [+]States. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)AFP via Getty ImagesEurope’s Digital Services Act is one of many initiatives launched by the bloc to try and decrease its dependence on U.S. and foreign pressure as well as its desire to put the EU on a stronger and more defensive footing.

One of the reasons the EU is building its resilience is that while the EU trusts in the Biden administration it is unclear what type of administration will follow.Scazzieri said the fear is the Biden administration “is followed by one in the mold of Trump”.

“There’s a disillusionment (by the EU) with the route that the U.S. seems to be on politically,” he said.I am a multimedia journalist and write about European politics. I cover foreign policy in the context of the changing continent and the challenges the European Union is

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… Read MoreI am a multimedia journalist and write about European politics. I cover foreign policy in the context of the changing continent and the challenges the European Union is facing. I am also interested in the rise of the far right in Europe and social issues. I live between France and the UK and as such view Brexit from the EU and UK perspectives. I have also reported from Turkey and Spain and have written for publications such as the Guardian and the Financial Times. I have a background in financial and business news and I am a fluent French and Spanish speaker.

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