President-elect Joe Biden’s victory will be welcomed by EU personalities after four years of feud with outgoing Donald Trump. Trump sparked a trade war with the bloc in 2018 and was openly supportive of the UK’s decision to withdraw from the bloc. Nonetheless, Mr. Biden is sympathetic to the European project and voiced his opposition to Brexit in 2016 – indicating a shift in relations between Brussels and Washington. Despite this, reports indicate that the Democratic leader can still divide the major players in the European Union.
In a column published by Politico in November, Germany’s Angret Kramp-Karenbauer said Europe would remain dependent on Washington in its defense for a long time to come.
Angela Merkel’s staunch ally found her views were strongly opposed by French President Emmanuel Macron, who called for “strategic autonomy” and said he was “completely at odds” with the German minister.
This came at a time when Macron was said to have been “stunned” by Kramp Karenbauer’s warning of the “delusions” of seeking European defense independence, according to Reuters.
Despite Mr Macron’s clashes with President Trump, people close to the French president said that the US’s “America first” approach and criticism of Germany for failing to reach defense spending targets had helped France’s cause.
Despite the split within the bloc, many in Europe will still expect a new “special relationship” between the United States and the European Union rather than the United States and the United Kingdom.
Political journalist Mark Handler highlighted that Biden can prioritize relations between the United States and the European Union rather than building bridges with the United Kingdom.
He warned that Biden’s focus would be on mending relations with Berlin and Paris, and not celebrating a “special relationship” with London.
Charles A. Copchan, a Georgetown professor who has worked on European affairs at the Obama White House and advises the Biden campaign: “The question is not,” Will there be a special relationship? “There will be. The question is,” Is the special relationship important? “
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Worst for Prime Minister Johnson, experts have warned that his efforts to bypass the withdrawal agreement in Brexit talks could jeopardize a trade deal with the United States.
Professor Stephen Borman told Express.co.uk in October: “Joe Biden is Irish, so his commitment to a united Ireland will be absolute. If the British somehow disagree and trouble arises at the border, Biden will be furious.
“There are a lot of sympathetic Irish politicians in the House of Representatives, and they will spoil a trade deal if Boris Johnson undermines the Good Friday Agreement.
“These things are absolute, and the UK has no influence over that.
“The UK will end in their view, and they will take a potential penalty across a whole host of policies.
“ The British government is really playing with fire here.
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He also warned that the UK could be left aside if Johnson continued on his current course.
He added that the UK could be left behind in the security and military world as well.
“The first thing is trade. They will not have anything to do with us in trade,” said Professor Bormann.
“It is possible that Washington will lower the level of military and intelligence partnership, they will just say,” We don’t give you this anymore. “
“The United States does not have a very high appreciation of British capabilities in a military environment,” he added.
What remains is to simply ignore the UK.
“There is no trade deal, the special relationship is falling apart before your eyes. Biden’s presidency implants the European Union while the United Kingdom is left adrift.”