Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) sees more and more political overlapping with new US President Joe Biden than her predecessor Donald Trump. “There is a very wide area of political agreement with Biden,” Merkel said at a federal press conference.
All you have to do is look at Biden’s signature decrees as soon as he takes office. In the future, cooperation with the United States will be possible again in the World Health Organization and the Paris Climate Agreement. From Merkel’s point of view, there is possibly a more uniform opinion on migration policy. Trump did not directly mention him.
At the same time, Merkel acknowledged that Germany and Europe would take greater responsibility both internationally and diplomatically. With Biden assuming office, “only political agreement can be expected,” the Chancellor said. There will certainly be discussion “how we can do things well for both countries”. But cooperation is now again based on a “broad basis of common belief”.
Biden was sworn in on Wednesday as Donald Trump’s successor. In his inaugural speech at the US Capitol, he promised: “We will fix our alliance and work with the world.”
German-American relations fell to a low point in the Trump era. The US president, who resigned four years later on Wednesday, treated Germany not as an ally, but as a rival, which he named similar to China and Russia and even dealt with sanctions. Key points of contention include defense spending, the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline between Russia and Germany, and the German trade surplus.
Climate officer Kerry praised Merkel as “excellent companion”
Now, however, the American side praised Merkel. John Climate Care, the new White House special envoy for climate change, said, “Climate is a big challenge for all of us and we will have direct talks with the leaders of Europe soon on this.” News portal t-online.de. Merkel is an “excellent partner”. And first, the United States must do more in terms of climate protection. Carey served as Secretary of State under former President Barack Obama.
Several political guidelines on climate and environmental protection have been overturned since former US President Donald Trump took office in 2017. He described the Paris Climate Agreement as “very unfair and unilateral” and was detrimental to the US economy. On the first day in office, however, President Joe Biden, sworn in on Wednesday, returned his country to the agreement.