“When Joe Biden comes to Europe to stage the return of the United States at the head of democracies”

FIGAROVOX / TRIBUNE – For his first international tour since his election, Joe Biden is going to Europe. The specialist in international issues, Hadrien Desuin, analyzes the challenges of this trip which, according to him, essentially aims to reaffirm the primacy of the United States among Western democracies.

A specialist in international and defense issues, Hadrien Desuin is an essayist. He published Atlanticist France or the shipwreck of diplomacy (ed. du Cerf, 2017).


The very experienced President of the United States knows that you have to take the time to cuddle “his best allies», As he wrote in a column published on June 6 in the Washington Post. Few or no surprises expected, but the tour program says enough about the strategic priorities of the world’s leading power. The privilege of bilateral meetings is reserved for the only powers which really matter at the moment in Washington’s eyes: the United Kingdom, Turkey and Russia.

The scoop is reserved for Boris Johnson, in order to reaffirm the “special relationshipWhich forever unites the United Kingdom with the United States. Even leaving the European Union, London retains the attention and consideration of Washington. The Brexiters leader was prophesied of isolation and banishment, and he is rewarded with the first foreign visit of the new President of the United States.

The apotheosis will culminate on June 13 with a visit to Queen Elisabeth II at Windsor Castle. The British monarchy continues to exert its charm, far more attractive than the glassed-in offices of Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen.

Hadrien Desuin

But that’s not all. Three days are scheduled for the G7 in British Cornwall. In this Western economic cenacle from which Russia has been excluded, Joe Biden will be able to script the return of America at the head of democracies, surrounded by its obligated faithful. The apotheosis will culminate on June 13 with a visit to Queen Elisabeth II at Windsor Castle. The British monarchy continues to exert its charm, far more attractive than the glassed-in offices of Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen.

The host of the White House will follow up with the annual NATO summit, the American military bridgehead in Europe. It will be the occasion of a bilateral meeting with his turbulent Turkish ally, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. A nice reframing is to be expected because Ankara always knows how to make itself useful to America to fight against its Russian rival in Ukraine and in the Caucasus. This strong Turkish-American convergence probably explains why NATO is so discreet, if not silent, in the face of the Azeri-Turkish aggression against the Armenian people. Its territory is eaten away every day by our Turkish partner of the Atlantic alliance and his protege Ilham Aliev.

A day is planned in Brussels for the rest of the 27, that is to say to explain to the members of the European Union that they must take part in the economic war waged long ago by Washington against China.

Hadrien Desuin

On June 14, a day is planned in Brussels for the rest of the 27, that is to say to explain to the members of the European Union, its committee and its council that they must take part in the economic war engaged in long standing by Washington against China. Angela Merkel, for which this will be one of the last major international meetings, seems this time forgotten by Washington. Should this be seen as a moody gesture after Berlin’s refusal to give in to its second German-Russian gas pipeline NordStream and its Chinese exports?

Anyway, it is in Geneva that the peak of Joseph Biden’s European tour is being prepared. The American delegation warned that it did not expect anything from this meeting with Vladimir Putin, but it is obvious that this summit, which looks like a Cold War, is attracting all eyes. Biden called Putin “killer” who “has no soul», But he knows that in order to resolve the world’s major strategic questions, he needs to talk about them face to face with him.

After having toured the meals and tightened the ranks of Europe, one can however think that the American president will feel sufficiently surrounded to face the only power which still resists him on our continent, Russia. And behind it, China.

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