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Politics 03-12-2020

Ex-French president Giscard d’Estaing dies of COVID at 94

Former French president Valery Giscard d'Estaing, a leading advocate of European integration who led his country into a new modern era, has died of Covid-19, his family said. He was 94.
Global Europe 02-12-2020

Renewed EU-US alliance to focus on climate, digital, ‘strategic autonomy’

The EU’s chief diplomat Josep Borrell proposed a plan on Wednesday (2 December) for a renewed alliance between the EU and the US under President-elect, Joe Biden, based on greater climate cooperation and new efforts to smooth out commercial and digital friction.

Spain’s PM sides with Germany over importance of US security role

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez backed Germany's view that Europe would not be able to provide for its own security without US and NATO help, distancing him from a call by France for an independent European defence strategy.
Global Europe 24-11-2020

Germans have lost faith in US democracy but have hopes for Biden, new poll shows

The recent election in the United States has left many Germans concerned for the state of US democracy, according to a new poll. In spite of this, Germany remains hopeful President-elect Joe Biden will stabilise the relationship. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 24-11-2020

Biden pushes new approach to EU in calls to leaders

US President-elect Joe Biden spoke with the heads of the European Union institutions and NATO on Monday (23 November) in a round of calls seen as part of his efforts to repair tattered transatlantic ties.
Global Europe 16-11-2020

Macron: Europe needs its own sovereignty in defence, even with new US government

Europe still needs its own independent and sovereign defence strategy, even if it is dealing with a new US government which may result in friendlier ties, French President Emmanuel Macron told the "Revue Grand Continent" publication.
Global Europe 11-11-2020

Von der Leyen: EU seeks ‘new transatlantic agenda’ with Biden

The United States and European Union need to forge a new transatlantic alliance in areas such as climate change and the digital economy under president-elect Joe Biden, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Tuesday (10 November).

Europe ready to restart transatlantic climate dialogue after Trump ‘parenthesis’

The European Commission and senior EU lawmakers said they stood ready to intensify dialogue with the US on climate change, listing car CO2 limits and green finance among areas where “real transatlantic cooperation” is again possible after the four-year “Trump parenthesis”.
Global Europe 02-11-2020

Germany hopes a Biden presidency could bring a wind of change

Many in Donald Trump's administration see Germany as its main ideological antagonist on the global stage. After next week's US presidential election, Berlin is hoping for a “new beginning in the transatlantic partnership”, whoever wins.
Global Europe 19-10-2020

EU-US alliance ‘on life support’ after four years of Trump

Back in 2016, German Chancellor Angela Merkel greeted Donald Trump's victory with an extraordinary warning: that she would work with the US president on the condition that he respects democratic values. Things did not improve from there.
Global Europe 16-09-2020

America’s international standing takes a further plunge – poll

International perceptions of the US has sunk to new record lows, according to a new poll from Pew Research covering 13 countries, which highlighted a lack of trust in President Donald Trump's decision-making on foreign policy, as well as the country's inadequate coronavirus response.
Global Europe 14-09-2020

Hungary says it will be only EU country to send minister to Israel-UAE accord signing

Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó will be the only EU diplomatic leader to attend the signing ceremony on Tuesday in Washington for the Israel-United Arab Emirates peace deal, his spokesman said on Sunday (13 September).
Global Europe 30-06-2020

US influence wanes as China rises, according to a new transatlantic opinion poll

The pandemic may be quickly reshaping views of geopolitics, according to new polling data. More people in France, Germany and the US view China as the most influential world power, as US hegemony wanes. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 29-06-2020

‘Sovereignty and solidarity’: Germany’s plans for the EU’s foreign policy

Solidarity and sovereignty is the name of the game for the German presidency, according to Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD). In a speech on Monday, he emphasised the need for greater EU independence from the current geopolitical power struggle between the US and China.

Germany receives formal notice on US troop withdrawal plans

Washington is planning to withdraw troops from Germany because Americans taxpayers are against "paying too much" for other countries' security, the outgoing US ambassador to Germany told Bild newspaper in an interview published on Wednesday (10 June), confirming earlier media reports.

No reaction needed until US troop withdrawal confirmed – German defence minister 

Germany's defence minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU) insisted on Tuesday (9 June) that the government cannot speculate on the reported withdrawal of US troops from the country, as it has so far only seen the news report and has not been officially notified.
Global Europe 19-05-2020

Germans more estranged from the US due to COVID-19, new poll finds

Negative feelings towards the United States in Germany are growing quickly in the pandemic era, according to a new poll, which also indicated a shift in public opinion towards Beijing.

US ambassador accuses Germany of ‘eroding’ NATO solidarity

In an op-ed published this morning (14 May) in the German newspaper Die Welt, US ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell had strong words for the country’s leadership regarding its NATO commitments. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Coronavirus 16-03-2020

US allegedly wants to recruit German vaccine researchers

According to a report, US President Donald Trump is offering German scientists a lot of money if they come to the US. He also wants a coronavirus vaccine "only for the USA." EURACTIV's media partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Economy & Jobs 23-01-2020

Trump revives trade battle with Europe with threat to cars

US President Donald Trump, fresh from calling a trade truce with China, threatened on Wednesday (22 January) to impose crippling tariffs on European autos unless the EU budges on a transatlantic deal. The European Union talked up hopes for such...
Economy & Jobs 26-11-2019

EU on course to allow in more US beef from 2020

European Union plans to allow more US beef imports cleared a key hurdle on Monday (25 November) when EU lawmakers specialising in trade backed the move, which is likely to ease transatlantic tensions.
Economy & Jobs 18-10-2019

US slams tariffs on EU goods, targeting Airbus, wine and whisky

The United States imposed tariffs on a record $7.5-billion worth of European Union goods on Friday (18 October), despite threats of retaliation, with Airbus, French wine and Scottish whiskies among the high-profile targets.
Global Europe 17-10-2019

Trump tells Italy: Get rid of ‘EU burden’ and I will give you tariff discount

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday (16 October) said Washington was in talks with "some new people" in Europe about trade issues and he hoped the discussions would be successful, as Italy's president urged Trump to avoid counterproductive tariffs.
Digital 30-09-2019

EU ready to act alone on digital tax if no global deal in 2020

European Union commissioners-designate said the bloc should agree on a digital tax if no deal on the matter was reached at a global level by the end of next year, ramping up pressure on multinationals accused of paying too little.
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