The President of the European Commission, von der Leyen, hails the “ new dawn in America ” as the President of the European Council, Michel, laments the Trump presidency.
Senior European Union officials breathed a sigh of relief on Wednesday that Joe Biden was assuming the presidency of the United States, but warned that the world had changed after four years of Donald Trump and that transatlantic relations would be different at the future. .
“This new dawn in America is the moment we have been waiting for so long,” said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, hailing Biden’s arrival as “glaring proof that once again after four long years, Europe has a friend in the White House “.
“The United States is back and Europe is ready to reconnect with an old and trusted partner to breathe new life into our dear alliance,” she told EU lawmakers hours before Biden’s swearing-in at his dedication ceremony in Washington, DC.
European Council President Charles Michel, who chairs the summits between the 27 EU heads of state and government, said transatlantic relations had “suffered a lot in the past four years. During these years, the world has become more complex, less stable and less predictable ”.
“We have our differences and they won’t magically disappear. America seems to have changed, and the way it is viewed in Europe and the rest of the world has changed as well, ”said Michel, whose open criticism of the Trump era contrasted sharply with the silence that reigned primarily in Europe. while the Republican leader was in the White House.
This change, Michel said, means “that we Europeans [must] to take our destiny firmly in hand, to defend our interests and promote our values ”, and he stressed that“ the EU chooses its path and does not wait for permission to take its own decisions ”.
The Europeans have invited Biden to a summit, most likely in Brussels, alongside a high-level NATO meeting as soon as he’s ready. Michel said the EU’s priority was to tackle the coronavirus pandemic and climate change, rebuild the global economy and strengthen security ties with the United States.