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Biden’s Visit: Five Must-Do’s in Brussels. Egmont Commentary 11 June 2021.

Biscop, Sven (2021) Biden’s Visit: Five Must-Do’s in Brussels. Egmont Commentary 11 June 2021. [Policy Paper]

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    Trump’s approach to international organisations reminded one of Groucho Marx: “I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member”. It was wise, therefore, to postpone the major strategic debate in NATO while he was president. Better to delay than to risk the unravelling of the Alliance. But there are real strategic questions to be addressed. Questions that Europeans see differently than Americans, but on which they also don’t agree among themselves. If Biden’s participation in the NATO and EU-US Summits in Brussels on 14-15 June becomes just another good news show (which both NATO and the EU are expert at putting on), that would actually be bad news. Better to have some initial differences if that is the consequence of a real willingness to see things through and make tough strategic decisions.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > common foreign & security policy 1993--European Global Strategy
    EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-US
    Other international institutions > NATO
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Egmont : Royal Institute for International Affairs > Commentaries
    Depositing User: Daniel Pennell
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2021 14:14
    Number of Pages: 4
    Last Modified: 29 Sep 2021 14:14

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