About: Joe Biden

Health 23-09-2021

Biden says US donating ‘historic’ extra 500 million Covid vaccines

US President Joe Biden addressed a Covid-19 summit of world leaders Wednesday (22 September) with a promise to donate a "historic" extra 500 million vaccines to countries struggling to overcome the pandemic.
Global Europe 23-09-2021

Australia submarines: How the ‘contract of the century’ fell apart

Australia's scrapping of a massive multi-billion-euro contract for the purchase of French submarines has led to a diplomatic crisis between France and its erstwhile allies in Canberra and Washington. Here is a timeline of the spat:
Global Europe 22-09-2021

Denmark sides with Biden in submarine row

Denmark, one of Washington's closest allies in Europe, disagrees with French and EU criticism of the United States over a submarine deal with Australia, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said Wednesday (22 September).
Climate change 22-09-2021

Developing nations welcome US climate finance pledge but warn more is needed

Developing countries and campaigners welcomed the offer of increased climate finance from the US president, Joe Biden, at the UN on Tuesday (21 September), but warned that rich countries needed to do more to ensure the poorest received the assistance they need. EURACTIV's media partner, The Guardian, reports.
Global Europe 22-09-2021

Iran new president backs nuclear talks but berates US

Iran's new ultraconservative president voiced support Tuesday (21 September) in his international debut for reviving a nuclear accord even as he berated the United States, hailing what he described as its failures.
Global Europe 22-09-2021

Biden nominee for key China export post expects Huawei to remain blacklisted

US President Joe Biden's nominee to a post overseeing export policy on China said he sees Chinese telecoms firm Huawei as a national security threat and expects to keep the company on a trade blacklist unless "things change."
Global Europe 21-09-2021

EU backs France in submarine dispute, asking: Is America back?

European Union foreign ministers expressed support and solidarity with France on Monday (20 September) during a meeting in New York to discuss Australia's scrapping of a $40 billion submarine order with Paris in favor of a US and British deal.
Global Europe 21-09-2021

EU chief Michel denounces ‘lack of loyalty’ by US

EU chief Charles Michel on Monday (20 September) accused the United States of a lack of loyalty after Australia canceled a mega-contract with France to buy US nuclear submarines.
Global Europe 20-09-2021

Australia defends scrapping of French submarine deal, Macron and Biden to talk

Australia on Sunday (19 September) defended its decision to ditch a multi-billion-dollar order for French submarines and opt instead for an alternative deal with the United States and Britain, saying it had flagged its concerns to Paris months ago.
Global Europe 10-09-2021

Facing stalemate in ties, Biden and China’s Xi discuss avoiding conflict in call

US President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping spoke for 90 minutes in their first talks in seven months on Thursday (9 September), discussing the need to avoid letting competition between the world's two largest economies veer into conflict.
Global Europe 01-09-2021

Biden says Afghanistan exit marks the end of US nation-building

Facing sharp criticism over the tumultuous US withdrawal from Afghanistan, President Joe Biden said it was the best available option to end both the United States' longest war and decades of fruitless efforts to remake other countries through military force.
Global Europe 30-08-2021

US strikes at Islamic State militants in Kabul as withdrawal nears end

A US drone strike killed a suicide car bomber who Pentagon officials said was preparing to strike Kabul airport, as American forces worked to complete a withdrawal that will end two decades of military involvement in Afghanistan.
Global Europe 27-08-2021

US braces for more ISIS attacks after carnage at Kabul airport

US forces helping to evacuate Afghans desperate to flee Taliban rule braced for more attacks on Friday (27 August) after an Islamic State suicide bomber killed scores of civilians and 13 US soldiers outside the gates of Kabul airport.
25-08-2021

At G7 summit, EU fails to extend the deadline for Kabul airport evacuations

At the G7 summit on Tuesday (24 August), EU leaders urged US President Joe Biden to continue securing Kabul airport until operations to evacuate vulnerable Afghans are completed past the 31 August deadline, apparently without success.
Global Europe 24-08-2021

Canada’s Trudeau leaves door open to Taliban sanctions as G7 meet looms

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau left the door open to sanctions on the Taliban Monday (23 August), noting that the Islamist group that now controls Afghanistan remains a “terrorist entity.” “Canada already recognizes, and has for long, that the Taliban...
Global Europe 24-08-2021

Taliban warn of ‘consequences’ if West remains in Afghanistan beyond 31 August

The Taliban warned there would be "consequences" if the United States and its allies try to remain in Afghanistan beyond next week, as Washington ramped up its efforts to evacuate tens of thousands of people desperate to flee.
Global Europe 23-08-2021

Biden hopes to end Afghan airlift on time as Taliban blame US for chaos

US President Joe Biden said he still hopes to finalize the evacuation of tens of thousands of people from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan by 31August, as the Islamists blamed Washington for harrowing scenes of chaos and despair at the airport in Kabul.
Global Europe 19-08-2021

Taliban hold political talks, Biden says ‘chaos’ was inevitable

Senior Taliban members have met with former president Hamid Karzai and senior official Abdullah Abdullah as they seek to form a government in Afghanistan, pledging it will be “positively different” from their brutal rule two decades ago. But thousands of...

Realpolitik: EU will have to talk to the Taliban, Borrell says

The EU will have to engage in talks with the Taliban to provide support to the Afghan people even if it does not recognise them as legitimate rulers of the country, EU’s chief diplomat Josep Borrell said on Tuesday (17...
Global Europe 18-08-2021

Taliban pledge peace and women’s rights under Islam as they strike conciliatory tone

The Taliban said they wanted peaceful relations with other countries and would respect the rights of women within the framework of Islamic law, as they held their first official news briefing since their lightning seizure of Kabul.

Afghan leadership failed to stand up to Taliban, says NATO chief

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday (17 August) called on the Taliban to prevent Afghanistan from lapsing back into being a breeding ground for terrorism, and said the Western defence alliance has agreed to send additional evacuation planes to Kabul.
Global Europe 11-08-2021

Biden says Afghan leaders must ‘fight for their nation’ as Taliban gains

Taliban insurgents tightened their grip on captured Afghan territory on Tuesday (10 August), now controlling 65% of the country, as US President Joe Biden urged the nation's leaders to fight for their homeland.
Global Europe 10-08-2021

Biden administration takes fresh action against Belarus’ Lukashenko

US President Joe Biden signed an executive order imposing new measures aimed at punishing Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko as the United States steps up pressure against his government in coordinated action with the United Kingdom and Canada.
Global Europe 05-08-2021

Biden picks Mark, son of ‘Zbig’ Brzezinski, to manage key NATO relationship

President Joe Biden picked Mark Brzezinski, a Democratic-aligned foreign policy official with ties to Poland, as his ambassador to the European country regarded as a key Western bulwark against Russia.