Biden's ‘New Deal’: Massive recovery plan signals radical change

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Donald Trump called him “Sleepy Joe”, a has-been who had been around Washington for too long. Now, after his first 100 days in office, Joe Biden is being touted as the new Franklin D. Roosevelt, as his recovery plan is seen as the most ambitious since the “New Deal” of the 1930s which redefined the role of the United States government.

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Our panelists discuss Biden's pledge to rebuild, go green and create jobs for those left behind by globalisation and who often voted for Trump. In his first speech before Congress, Biden also pointed out China’s efforts to turn the Covid-19 crisis into an opportunity.

But what about Europe? How much ambition is there in the recovery plans submitted to the EU this week by the governments of France, Germany, Spain and Italy? Ahead of our own national elections, will Biden's “big bazooka” approach trigger the same sort of generational shift in attitudes to taxing, spending and the role of the governments themselves in this era of upheaval?

Produced by Andrew Hilliar, Juliette Laurain and Imen Mellaz

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