How will be the "Post-Trump" US-Europe relations?

 The America is on the west side of the Atlantic Ocean and Europe on the east side. Today, the majority of the US population is European. Traditionally they have been longtime allies. But in recent years the United States has had a rift with most European countries.


Four years later, that breathless chapter is over. European politicians have welcomed the change.

The economic relations of the European countries with the United States started from the initial stage of the formation of the EU alliance in 1953 after the Second World War. 

Since then, representatives from both sides have opened offices in Washington and Brussels to improve relations. Not just diplomatic relations, EU delegations send delegates with observer status to other international organizations based in the US capital, such as the International Monetary Fund or the United Nations in New York.




 In 1990, a transatlantic declaration was signed between the two partners on both sides of the Atlantic. Since then, the EU Commission and the Presidents of the United States have held regular summits to discuss ways to improve relations. 

At the European-American Summit in Madrid in 1995, major steps were taken for closer political cooperation. The new agreements were signed by then-Commission President Jacques Santer and US President Bill Clinton.

This relationship has developed steadily since before the Trump era.

Ever since Donald Trump came to power in the United States in 2016, the transatlantic development treaties have been mired in mistrust and scepticism. Three days before the US election, President Donald Trump said at an election rally in Newton, Pennsylvania, that several European countries, including Germany, were waiting for his defeat in the upcoming election.

Believing in the "America first" philosophy, Trump almost unilaterally cancelled many agreements without realizing the importance of international cooperation and coordination. His policy angered many of his European allies. 

The cancellation of one traditional economic, military and social pact after another just to make his country economically self-sufficient and the occasional sarcasm and unrestrained talk about different countries without diplomatic etiquette made him almost a global clown.

Trump's foreign policy was very person-centred. His foreign policy was based on his relations with world leaders. Trump's "America First" is a clever and populist slogan. Otherwise, if someone on the same planet, with the same water and air, says that I have no responsibility to protect the climate, it is not a matter of statesmanship.


After Trump came to power, relations with Europe's old allies have been strained for years over his decision to withdraw America from the World Health Organization (WHO), due to insufficient funding to the NATO military alliance, tariffs imposing on imports of cars, steel and aluminium from Europe, the cancellation of the nuclear deal with Iran, the relocation of the US embassy in Jerusalem and the withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on Climate and Environment.


Since Donald Trump came to power, he has lashed out at most former European allies until the last week of the election. He often tells the European Union that it is a decaying alliance and that it has broken down over time. Originally he used to make fun of 26 EU countries. In Donald Trump's behaviour, French President Emmanuel Macron has often spoken of European control and self-determination. 

He is a spokesman for the Defense Fund (EDF) for the countries of the European Union or the proposed European Army.

Hours after the news of Joe Biden's victory in the US election, European politicians congratulated him. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has spoken of the prospect of closer ties and "transatlantic friendship" between the two countries.

Congratulating French President Emmanuel Macron Joe Biden and his Vice President Kamala Harris, he said, "We have a lot to do to meet today's challenges. Let us work together. ”EU Commission President Von Der Leyen also wrote a letter congratulating Joe Biden. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has congratulated Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on their historic achievements. 

The President of the EU Parliament, David Sassoli, has greeted Joe Biden and called for a revival of transatlantic relations. "Let us renew our transatlantic partnership with our European neighbours," wrote German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier to Joe Biden. "Germany is ready to stand by you for a more peaceful and just world."

With the victory of Joe Biden as President of the United States, European politicians are once again seeing the light of hope in transatlantic friendships and relations. 

In many European cities, such as the United States, people have rejoiced over the fall of Trump. People took to the streets on Saturday night in London, Paris, Berlin, Munich, Edinburgh and other cities. In some cities there are fireworks. The bell is ringing from a church in Paris.

How easily trade and political relations between the United States and Europe can become partners in the coming days or how close they can be to the NATO alliance will depend on the goodwill of both sides. The hope, however, is that Biden's tenure will bring an end to the stalemate in the development of transatlantic relations.

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