German media: Biden’s image as a “tough ally” cannot be changed

According to an article entitled “a thorny ally” published on the bimonthly website of German foreign policy on October 27, the article points out that the United States is likely to be a “tough ally” even under the leadership of the Biden administration. German foreign minister said that the “partnership” between Europe and the United States does not mean “blind pursuit”. The full text is excerpted as follows: < / P > < p > in view of the ongoing US election, foreign policy think tanks on both sides of the Atlantic are stepping up their research on new ways to balance interests between Germany and the United States, as well as between the European Union and the United States. < / P > < p > on the one hand, Germany and the EU had a heated dispute with the trump government, and the latter responded to Berlin and Brussels’s “equal with Washington” efforts through various mandatory measures, including the imposition of punitive tariffs, the imposition of extraterritorial sanctions on companies from Europe, the attempt to prevent the construction of the second line of the Beixi natural gas pipeline, and the transfer of Poland and Baltic countries Sea states are firmly integrated into the US strategy to prevent the EU from pursuing a unified foreign policy. On the other hand, relevant people and think tanks often say that from the new epidemic and its related economic crisis to climate change to the historic power transfer caused by China’s rise, it seems more necessary than ever for the west to take concerted and joint action in world politics today. Last week, Sigmar Gabriel, President of the Atlantic Bridge Association and former German foreign minister, and John Emerson, chairman of the US German Research Council and former US ambassador to Germany, jointly wrote an article in the Frankfurt report calling for “closer”. It can be seen from the fact that think tanks with great influence specially set up committees with well-known people to participate in this regard, which shows that both sides attach great importance to coordinating interests. The US German Marshall foundation and the federal Prime Minister Helmut Schmidt foundation established the transatlantic working group in December 2019. The German science and political foundation has set up an “expert group” to analyze the long-term trends of American politics and their impact on transatlantic relations. An expert group from the German science and political foundation warned that the United States “is likely to remain a thorny ally even under the Biden administration.”. This is not only because the “increasing inequality” of the American people has brought about more and more “social division”, which has led to the obvious “growing political and social polarization”, and has destroyed “the domestic political basis for the realization of America’s foreign policy ambition”. The transatlantic working group will propose specific considerations for joint transatlantic activities after the US election. For example, the working group advocates close “coordination” of economic recovery efforts after the outbreak. On climate policy, the working group recommends cooperation below the federal government level. The transatlantic working group also supports maintaining a “strong” U.S. military presence in the European Union and carefully coordinating and firmly strengthening arms within NATO. Germany’s defense minister, annegret klenbauer, also called on the German federal army to increase its armaments on a large scale and strengthen the western war alliance, including “continuing nuclear sharing.”. < / P > < p > the German federal government and German think tanks have consistently insisted on declaring their interests to the future US government. “The goal is: European sovereignty,” German Foreign Minister hekko Maas wrote in Sunday world over the weekend He said that “partnership” does not mean “blindly following” and that “the United States and Europe” have different views on “Russia, China, the Middle East, Africa or the Indo Pacific region”, which “wedges a deeper wedge between Europe and the United States”. Of course, Berlin rejects some of Washington’s offensive practices against Beijing because it is not in its own interests. This first applies to China’s economic “decoupling” from the west, which the German government wants to avoid in order to maintain German business in China. Former German Foreign Minister Gabriel called for “cooperation to establish economic checks and balances against China”, but “do not use” cold war “language.