What will Joe Biden's strategy be for NATO and Europe?

Many European chancelleries learned of Joe Biden's election to the White House with unmitigated relief, as relations with his predecessor were so strained and difficult. Donald Trump had never hidden his contempt for NATO and for those Europeans who “took advantage of American protection” without paying the price. With the exception of a few countries, such as Poland, who took sides too openly for the former president, and who must now maintain a discreet posture while waiting for time to do its work, many leaders of the old continent welcomed the arrival of Joe Biden at the head of the States- United with a great deal of rave reviews. Some even, like the German Minister of Defense, did not even wait for the election results to show Berlin's attachment to the transatlantic link.

Et the first decisions of the new president seemed to agree entirely with the Europeans eager to regain this privileged relationship with Washington under the protective wing of the US armed forces. One of Joe Biden's first statements was thus a message intended for Europeans, in order to assure them of his attachment to NATO and to multilateral relations. A few days later, he announced to suspend the decision to withdraw some 12.500 American soldiers deployed in Germany, one of the symbolic measures taken by Donald Trump at the end of his mandate to "punish Berlin for its lack of eagerness to achieve the objective of the 2 % ”. Finally, Joe Biden returned to a firm discourse with Moscow, much to the relief of Eastern Europeans, even though one of those first decisions was to accept Russia's proposal for extend the New Start nuclear weapons limitation treaty by 5 years.

Relations between Angela Merkel and Donald Trump have been very difficult during the 4 years of the American president's mandate.

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