In the G7At the summit, US President Joe Biden demonstrated that allies can build on the United States again after the Trump years. But the differences will remain.
You meet your friends at a barbecue evening, G7 hosts should be a cue Boris Johnson At a barbecue on Cornwall Beach. The heads of state and government of the seven important industrialized countries and their new guests will be from the barbecue on the evening of the last summit in Great Britain Steaks and lobsters are served, followed by marshmallows, among other things.
The man on whom all eyes were on knows all this from his American homeland. About the President of the United States Joe Biden The summit is her first appearance on the world stage since her move to the White House. The G7 has made a fresh start with Biden – even if the apparent harmony doesn’t mask the differences.
After four years of chaos with Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump The heads of state and government of the G7 industrialized nations in Cornwall make no secret of their relief. British Prime Minister Johnson – who was closest to Trump in the group – chanted the “breath of fresh air” that Biden brings. French President Emmanuel Macron Put your arm around him after the opening photo as an old friend. “It’s great to have an American president who’s a member of the club and so willing to cooperate,” Macron said later in a meeting with Biden – adding in his speech: “You’re showing that leadership means partnership.”
Collaboration instead of strife
Partnership rather than go it alone, cooperate rather than conflict, ‘America is back’ rather than ‘America First’ — US news site Politico says Biden had many messages in his baggage to his allies during his first trip abroad as president, but this is perhaps clearer: “I am not Donald Trump.” As Chancellor Angela Merkel says, Biden “represents the commitment to multilateralism that has been lacking in recent years.” On the first day of the summit, Biden invited Merkel to the White House on July 15 to emphasize “the deep bilateral relationship between the United States and Germany.”
The two met in Cornwall – Biden’s first and last Biden G7 summit. Biden then spoke of a “great meeting” in a tweet, writing: “The bonds between our two countries are stronger than ever.” This is a moisturizer for the Germans, who were Trump’s favorite opponents. The same goes for it Iwhose senior representatives are also attending the summit. Trump once called the European Union his “enemy.” “For my part, I think the European Union is an incredibly powerful and dynamic entity,” Biden says now. And about NATO: “NATO cohesion is very, very important to us.” On the other hand, Trump threatened to withdraw from the alliance.
Everything looks good. But behind the scenes, there is a great deal of disappointment, especially from the European side. So far, Biden has not been as specific in climate policy as many in the EU would have liked – for example when it comes to a time horizon for coal phase-out. Even in efforts to revive the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement mechanism that has been paralyzed by Trump, the Democrat has not yet been the help he had hoped for. It was noted with astonishment that Biden had been “America First” for several months when it came to vaccines.
Moreover, Biden is good to deal with China It is clearly based on confrontation, while Europeans want to avoid excessive polarization, not least because of economic reasons. Even when it comes to patent protection for corona vaccines, for example, the G7 remains incompatible: Biden and many others have shown they are open to comment, but Merkel, for example, is one of the opponents.
“With the election of Joe Biden as President of the United States, the world no longer has any problems. But we can work with renewed vigor to solve these problems,” Merkel said at the end of the summit. “I was really excited to have America back on the table and fully committed,” Biden himself says.
Biden has achieved his most important goal: to demonstrate that the United States is back in business with its democratic allies — and that the United States is ready to take a leadership role on global issues. On Sunday he again called on the world’s democracies to oppose the progress of authoritarian regimes such as those in China and Russia for defence. “We are in competition,” he says.
Interest in stable relations with Russia
When it comes to Russia, the G7 is showing its solidarity and strengthening Biden as he had hoped. “We reaffirm our interest in stable and predictable relations with Russia,” the closing statement said. “We reaffirm our call for Russia to stop its destabilizing behavior and harmful activities, including its interference in the democratic systems of other countries, and to fulfill its international human rights obligations and commitments.”
This proximity to Moscow is especially important to Biden now. On Wednesday – after high-level meetings with NATO and the European Union in Brussels – he will go to his eagerly awaited summit with the head of the Kremlin. Vladimir Putin in Geneva. Given the large number of disputes between the two countries, the meeting is likely to be confrontational. Before that, the two presidents agreed on one point: “We have a bilateral relationship that has deteriorated in recent years,” Putin said. After the G7 summit, Biden said, “I think he’s right, it’s a low point.”