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European allies see Biden's visit as a strong beginning

European allies see Biden's visit as a strong beginning

Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Sweden, shares his perspective from Europe:

After Biden's first visit, do his European allies feel that America is back?

I think they do. Wasn't particularly surprising, we've heard that message before. But now it was, sort of more concrete issues. I'm not certain there was, sort of major, major, major progress. But there was the beginning of a dialogue on trade and technology issues with Europe, clearly on security issues with NATO, and quite a number of other issues with G7, and general satisfaction with the outcome of the meeting with Putin. So, altogether good.

Is Europe prepared to handle the Delta COVID variant?

Well, that's not the question. The question is, is the world ready to handle it? We've now seen it appearing in 80 countries all over the world. It is substantially more contagious than previous variants and somewhat more difficult to handle from the health point of view. So, we will see it being a very big problem in very large parts of the world in the weeks and months ahead, sorry to say.


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