European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel welcomed Biden. The leaders are expected to address issues that include COVID-19, the climate, trade and investment, technology, and foreign affairs.
The EU and U.S. are eager to move past their tariff battles "so they can move on and tackle some 21st-century challenges, not the least of which is China.’’ suggested Kelly Ann Shaw, a former Trump administration trade official who is now a partner at the law firm, Hogan Lovells.
- The EU might be reluctant to join a U.S.-led effort in confronting China over its trade policies
- Ursula von der Leyen hailed Biden’s arrival as "resounding proof that, once again after four long years, Europe has a friend in the White House."
On Monday, the president took part in his first in-person North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit. He traveled to Brussels for the NATO meeting after he wrapped up a three-day meeting with the Group of Seven nations on Sunday.
On Wednesday, Biden is scheduled to take part in a highly anticipated meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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