High Expectations for the Joe Biden Era
GMF Vice President Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff spoke to German SR2 KulturRadio ahead of the inauguration of the new president. He noted that in his view, Joe Biden's entry into the White House means above all a change "from a nationalist to an internationalist. From a European point of view, the task now is to repair the damaged relations.” In the SR interview, he assumes that Biden will support "European integration" and "not divide Europe,” noting that “in short, there's a like-minded person in office, and not someone you have to question every day, all day long." In Kleine-Brockhoff’s view, international relations ”now need to be repaired” and a "new canon of agreements" is needed with regard to security policy, China policy, and modern challenges in general. Kleine-Brockhoff said America must remain a "European power—albeit probably with a reduced presence here." For the German government he argued, however, it will also become more difficult under Joe Biden to generally reject the wishes from Washington as in the Trump era.