Strategic Council Online – An analyst of Europe affairs said that Biden’s visit to Britain and then to Belgium is an indication of the high importance of reviving transatlantic relations in the political sphere of Biden administration in the next four years. He added: The US emphasis on reviving transatlantic relations and at its helm the European Union, will not deal a blow on bilateral trade, political and security relations with Britain.
Tag: Transatlantic Relations
Strategic Council Online—Interview: An expert of US affairs says the Biden administration has not yet made an achievement in many domestic areas such as consolidating social cohesion, restrictions concerning the use of weapons and racial discrimination especially in the police structure.
Strategic Council Online – In July 2020, former US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper presented a plan to reduce the number of US troops in Germany by 12,000. The majority of the troops, estimated at about 6,400, should return to the United States, while about 5,600 troops would remain in Europe, based in Belgium and Italy, and several thousand would travel on US-European rotation plans. The headquarters of the United States European Command (EUCOM), as well as the US Army Special Operations Command in Europe, will be moved from Stuttgart in Germany to Belgium. The plan reduced the number of US troops stationed in Germany from 36,000 to 24,000. Based on US claim, the measure would “strengthen NATO”, “deter Russia” and “reassure US allies”. Even some US analysts have called the move a “revenge” against Merkel.
Mahmoud Fazeli – Expert on International Affairs
Strategic Council Online – Referring to the strategic dialogue between Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and French President’s diplomatic adviser Emmanuel Boone, a European affairs expert stressed that the recent meeting of high-ranking Chinese and French officials is important because we are witnessing escalating tensions between China and the United States, and somehow there is a deep rift between European governments and the United States on how to deal with Beijing.
Strategic Council Online – An expert on European affairs, saying that perhaps with Brexit in future, the unity among the EU countries with the focus on France and Germany will increase, added: Of course, these assumptions are in the theoretical field and on paper, and we should see how France and Germany intend to use the situation as an opportunity to develop convergence within the European Union.