Aware that many European countries have come to doubt the United States’ commitment to NATO’s collective defense under former President Donald Trump, Biden insisted: “Let me clear all doubts. persistent: The United States will work closely with our partners in the European Union and the capitals of the continent.
The president added that America’s commitment to NATO is “guaranteed” and that “an attack on one is an attack on all,” a brutal break with Trump, including rhetoric on the transatlantic alliance was dominated by haranguing member states about their levels of defense spending.
Biden reserved his harshest words for China and Russia.
Biden accused Beijing of perpetuating abuses that “undermine the foundations of the international economic system”, and insisted that “Chinese companies should be held to the same standards” of governance and transparency as Western companies.
Urging a strong NATO and EU, Biden insisted that only transatlantic unity can contain Russia.
“It is so much easier for the Kremlin to intimidate and threaten individual states than a strong, united transatlantic community,” Biden said.
Speaking after Biden, Angela Merkel said “the prospects for democracy are brighter” thanks to Biden’s transatlantic engagements and pledged her full support – with a subtle caveat: “In Germany we say words are not enough, you have to do them, and that’s true in transatlantic cooperation. ”Merkel said that the interests of Germany and the United States“ will not always converge ”but that the transatlantic values are basically the same.
Emmanuel Macron assured that the EU push for “strategic autonomy” is not an effort to distance itself from the United States, but to show that Europe can be a “reliable, responsible and credible ”, instead of a continent dependent on the United States for security.
Macron called on Western allies to immediately deliver 13 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to African countries to protect health workers on the continent, before China and Russia fill the void.
At a previous meeting of G-7 leaders, Biden agreed with his counterparts to “work together to beat Covid-19 and build back better,” reflecting his own national message. On economic issues, the G-7 pledged to “reduce emissions and create good jobs on the path to net zero by 2050 at the latest,” to reform the World Trade Organization and agree on a global tax framework by mid-2021.