ARD Weltspiegel: 100 Days of President Joe Biden
GMF vice president and director of the Berlin office, Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff, spoke to ARD’s Weltspiegel Podcast to discuss 100 days of Joe Biden as U.S. president.
The new President Joe Biden has been in office for just under 100 days and is making progress on immunization. He has already launched a coronavirus aid package worth almost $2 trillion, providing financial support for affected families. Another trillion-dollar infrastructure program to rehabilitate roads and bridges is to follow. Joe Biden is pushing the pace. How is this being received by the American population, and what is the relationship with Germany?
Kleine-Brockhoff noted that one can see that this president has a different idea of international relations, which he has been implementing since day one. And that consists of a commitment to alliances, to international organizations, to supranational organizations, to treaty ties. But his foreign policy ideas are also different in the way he’s addressing geopolitical confrontations and competition with non-democratic, authoritarian rulers. Kleine-Brockhoff also stated that the president has come up with a firework of initiatives, including COVAX, cooperation with NATO, negotiations with Iran, and the rejoining of the Paris climate accord.
These initiatives show that Biden believes in the cooperation of democracies, which is a dramatic difference to Donald Trump. When it comes to relations with Germany, Kleine-Brockhoff sees the responsibility for strengthening transatlantic ties not only as a responsibility of the U.S., but also of Germany. However, so far, Germany has not responded to any initiatives or taken any action of its own—not even symbolically.