22 July 2021
The competition and rivalry in the Transatlantic relations have become too costly to continue. Biden’s administration means a new opportunity for the EU to rebuild its ties with the United States and reverse the tide of rising illiberalism and authoritarian rule globally, particularly in the EU’s neighbourhood.
The storm of the US Capital on 6 January 2021 sparked by the rhetoric of United States President Donald Trump and an awkward visit of his state secretary Mike Pompeo to Brussels during the past week meant the last nail to the coffin of Transatlantic relations under the outgoing Trump presidency.
The EU Member States are more than keen to work with the new US administration of Joe Biden on several global and bilateral issues. During the last few weeks, EU leaders have repeatedly expressed their readiness to restart the partnership with the United States after four years of dismay and rivalry with Donald Trump.
At the end of 2020, Biden’s team and their EU counterparts began looking for a concrete cooperation agenda in their first meetings. In particular, they wanted some quick wins and low-hanging fruit that could be quickly delivered to symbolise a new era in bilateral relations, including in the area of external relations.