In a significant development, U.S. President Joe Biden is aiming to intensify efforts to renew transatlantic relations. On Tuesday, he will be meeting leaders from the European Union to cool off trade tensions and join forces to defeat the coronavirus-induced COVID-19 pandemic, uphold democracy and hold back climate change.
Biden’s summit in Brussels with the presidents of the EU’s executive and the Council that represents the bloc’s 27 member states is also expected to affirm Western solidarity in the face of the assertiveness of both Russia and China.
This meeting comes just after another summit with NATO allies and a meeting of the G7.
According to a draft of a statement following his talks with the European Commission’s Ursula von der Leyen and the European Council’s Charles Michel, they had “a chance and a responsibility to help people make a living and keep them safe, fight climate change, and stand up for democracy and human rights”.
The Biden Administration aims to renew EU ties as allies, promote free trade, fight climate change and end the COVID-19 pandemic.