The President of the United States will attend the Group of Seven in the UK, then meet with representatives of NATO allies and the European Union, and then hold a summit with Vladimir Putin.
Nearly five months after the inauguration, Joe Biden is preparing for an intense trip to Europe. It should lead him to the G7 Industrialized Countries Summit in the UK (scheduled from June 11th to 13th), focusing on vaccination worldwide in the name of solidarity between rich and poor countries. Then, the US president is expected to attend the NATO summit in Brussels and then meet with the leaders of the European Union (EU). Finally, he must meet Vladimir Poutine in Geneva on June 16 for a conversation, which will confirm the differences between Washington and Moscow.
This international sequence is an opportunity to personally update the signal that his country has re-engaged with its allies. After four years of brutality and humiliation under Donald Trump-which helped to satisfy their need for autonomy-Europeans are in a dilemma between two feelings: the taste of reunion and the sense of purity. Distrust expressed verbally.
At the core of this ambiguity is an idea, put forward by someone close to Joe Biden during the campaign: the League of Democracies. At the White House briefing on June 7, National Security Advisor Jack Sullivan made it clear. According to him, it is necessary ” Democracies, no one else, not China or other authoritarian countries, formulate business and technological rules for the 21st centuryelectronic century ».
The UN Security Council is paralyzed; G7 and G20 show their limitations when it comes to sovereignty or individual rights issues. Therefore, it is necessary to create a more flexible formula to define the profile and composition to meet contemporary challenges. “This is a matter of surpassing the old Western alliance and forming a group of nations in the same direction, allowing these democracies to take a firmer stand on human rights issues, and not so weak in the eyes of dictators like Putin or Xi Jinping.”, Highlighted Jana Puglierin, head of the Berlin Office of the European Commission on International Relations, a think tank.
This formula is called “D10” by the United Kingdom, and it is recommended that South Korea, India and Australia be added to the G7 countries. An old concept that combines values and common interests has been resurrected in the pandemic, highlighting its dependence on China’s production chain. “With the arrival of the Biden administration, the language of the trade war has passed. Sophia Gaston, director of the think tank of the British Foreign Policy Group in London, pointed out. But the fundamental change involves the President of the United States respecting the way the public expresses opinions on China to a certain extent, presenting it as a worthy opponent. Biden said: “Our values, our open society, and our democracy are better. We must invest in them to win.”