Biden's charm offensive: US president rekindles EU-US relations

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US President Joe Biden has been taking part in the first EU-US summit of his presidency. This high-level meeting comes after the NATO summit on Monday and the G7 summit at the weekend. Biden seems to be using his first trip abroad to mend bridges with traditional US allies, repeating his mantra: "America is back".

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The message seems to have been heard loud and clear, with European Council President Charles Michel saying America is back on "the global scene". Transatlantic ties were severely strained under the administration of Donald Trump, who imposed tariffs on the EU and promoted the UK's departure from the bloc.

This issue of trade tariffs was high on the agenda as was the pandemic, climate change and the threat posed by China. A deal was reached over a long-running dispute regarding subsidies to Airbus and Boeing, meaning that billions of dollars in punitive tariffs are going to be phased out.

Produced by Charles Wente, Juliette Laurain, Léopoldine Iribarren and Jack Colmer-Gale.

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