How Germany Can Work With Biden to Rebuild Trans-Atlantic Ties

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and then-Vice President Joe Biden at the chancellery in Berlin, Feb. 1, 2013 (AP photo by Markus Schreiber).
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and then-Vice President Joe Biden at the chancellery in Berlin, Feb. 1, 2013 (AP photo by Markus Schreiber).

Joe Biden’s election as U.S. president was greeted with deep relief in Berlin, as it was in most other European capitals. After Donald Trump’s presidency—which was characterized by animosity toward Germany and repeated attempts to sow division among European countries—German policymakers hope that some immediate sources of tension can now be resolved, such as Trump’s tariffs on European steel and aluminum imports or the long-running trans-Atlantic dispute over aerospace subsidies. There are also multiple opportunities for Germany to collaborate on key strategic challenges with Biden, a committed multilateralist and Atlanticist, who has repeatedly underlined the value of a strong and […]

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