After the election of Biden, Europe was able to breathe a sigh of relief. However, just days after the US election results were announced, the European Union on Monday imposed customs duties on a number of US goods вЂ” a clear sign that European and US interests continue to diverge. The press wonders whether the international situation will change in connection with the change of power in Washington.
It's time to wake up from hibernation!
It is not at all necessary that rosy times will come for the EU, predicts Krytyka Polityczna:
вЂњAs long as Trump was at the head of American politics, there was no consensus. However, it is difficult to imagine that the Europeans will give Biden a turn from the gate вЂ” if he invites them to sit down at the negotiating table. And it's not just about new packaging, it's about a serious qualitative difference. Paradoxically, but true: in this sense, the Biden administration may pose an even greater challenge for Europe than the outgoing Trump administration. It would be nice if the Europeans did not repeat the mistakes they made during the Obama administration вЂ” when they, in fact, slept through all the calls for wider cooperation.вЂќ
Young wine in old skins
Europe should not associate too high expectations with the change of power in the United States, G4Media.ro believes:
вЂњIn many areas of foreign policy, Biden will continue the course of his predecessor. Thus, under the new leadership of the White House, the restrained position of the United States on military issues is unlikely to change. Quite the opposite: even under Obama, Biden advocated an early withdrawal of American troops from Iraq. As with Trump, Europe will not be a foreign policy priority for Biden. Washington is looking primarily towards Asia вЂ” and it is in the rise of China that it sees the greatest threat to America's security and prosperity.вЂќ
The Kremlin can breathe more freely
Russia will certainly be happy about Trump's departure, says fakti.bg:
вЂњBiden will intensify anti-Russian rhetoric,вЂќ the world press writes. The problem, however, is that at the level of rhetoric, he will have everything. Unlike Trump, who did not say anything against Russia at all, but acted: he literally expelled the Russian special services from the Balkans. He brought the American fleet to the Black Sea вЂ” and was already preparing to create a kind of military base there. ... He intended to destroy the energy influence of Russia in Europe and ensured that many NATO countries began to allocate money for the defense of their borders, and not for dubious social programs.вЂќ
Wind in Netanyahu's face
A change of power in the White House will surely block Israel's settlement policy, El Pais writes:
вЂњOrthodox who use the Torah instead of legal title deeds and thus populate the Palestinian territories are unlikely to receive the support from the Biden administration to which they have become so accustomed over the past four years. From the peace plan, developed under the leadership of Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, there will only be what Israel has already achieved: diplomatic recognition from the UAE, Bahrain, and Sudan. This is a lot, especially considering that the US Embassy is now located in Jerusalem, as well as against the background of the recognition of Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights conquered from Syria.вЂќ