At the Munich Security Conference, the leaders of the EU and NATO states hailed the “return of America” under Joe Biden, Frankfurter Allgemeine reported. The conference participants agreed that Europe and the United States should jointly defend the “international order based on rules” “from the attacks of autocratic states”, among which Russia and China are central. They, according to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, are trying to “rewrite the established rules in order to advance their own interests.”
At the Munich Security Conference, held this time online, EU and NATO leaders welcomed “America’s return”which US President Joe Biden announced at the same event. According to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, the United States “More committed to our global commitments than ever before.” Charles Michel, President of the European Council, spoke of “New constituent pact” with the United States, which should be based on “Values, prosperity and influence”. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stressed: “We now have the historic opportunity to build a stronger alliance.”… The list of common themes included the problem of climate change and solidarity towards Russia and China, which do not share Western values, according to Frankfurter Allgemeine.
Von der Leyen endorsed the return of the United States to the Paris Climate Agreement. According to her, Europeans relate to this “With great enthusiasm”… She called on Biden to commit to climate neutrality by 2050 ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow in November 2021. The EU countries did it back in December.
Jens Stoltenberg made it clear that he also sees climate change as a central NATO security issue. The alliance should become a central forum for reflection on the implications, he said. “Crisis multipliers”, such as droughts and storms. They also affect the location of NATO troops. Stoltenberg emphasized: “NATO must set a gold standard for reducing emissions from our military to help achieve the zero emissions target.” This is one of the priorities pursued by Stoltenberg as part of his NATO 2030 plan.
EU leaders agree that Europe and the United States must work together to defend “International order based on rules”… The problem of four years under Donald Trump was that “It was no longer possible to rely on compliance with rules and agreements”, – said Charles Michel. He stressed that together they can better protect the international order. “From the attacks of autocratic states, be it Russia, China or Iran“. Stoltenberg named China and Russia “Authoritarian powers”which “Trying to rewrite established rules to advance their own interests.” He stated that the rise of China is a key issue for the transatlantic community.
According to the author of the article, one of the most difficult tasks for Europeans and Americans will certainly be to agree on a common line towards Beijing. The European Commission recently concluded an investment agreement with China on behalf of the EU member states. Thus, she allegedly put her interests above her values and “Fooled” Biden. Therefore, in Munich, Von der Leyen relieved Beijing of criticism and directed it exclusively to Moscow: “An increasingly intransigent Russia continues to violate international rules at home and abroad.”
The British Prime Minister was the last to speak, apart from EU politicians. His speech mainly concerned “Global Britain”, the theme of the campaign to leave the European Union. He made arguments that show how involved his government is in tackling global problems, from providing poorer countries with vaccines to protecting the climate and “Highest defense spending” in Europe. He stressed that one should no longer speak badly about the transatlantic partnership, as now a new page is opening: “America is back as the undisputed leader” – передаёт Frankfurter Allgemeine.
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