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The European Union plans a sweeping proposal for transatlantic cooperation to U.S. President-elect Joe Biden in a bid to repair relations soured by Donald Trump.
“The EU looks forward to working together with the U.S.,” according to draft conclusions of a meeting of the 27 EU leaders next week seen by Bloomberg. “We stand ready to discuss shared priorities with the new President of the United States.”
The initiative seeks to overcome frustration and bitterness in Europe resulting from President Trump’s “America First” agenda that has shaken the world order. One goal is to help Europe counter increasingly assertive powers including China and Russia.
The European Commission is due to add detail to the plan on Wednesday. The aim is to bring the U.S. back into the multilateral system that the country was instrumental in forging after World War II and to leverage transatlantic unity to shape global developments in policy areas ranging from trade to health.
“This combined power and influence is indispensable to anchor global cooperation in the 21st century,” the commission, the 27-nation EU’s executive arm in Brussels, said in a draft of the strategy paper seen by Bloomberg News. “Our joint commitment is essential in a world where authoritarian powers seek to subvert democracies, aggressive actors try to destabilize regions and institutions, and closed economies exploit the openness our own societies depend on.”
The offer more than a month and a half before Biden takes office on Jan. 20 reflects the EU’s eagerness to put transatlantic ties on a new footing after they hit unprecedented post-war lows during Trump’s term.
Following are elements of the commission’s proposal:
–With assistance from Nikos Chrysoloras.© 2020 Bloomberg L.P
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