March 2021

Biden must get Europe right for US foreign policy to work for the middle class

In an effort to link America’s global role in the 21st century with the needs and concerns of its people, President Biden promoted his “foreign policy for the middle class” as a means to “succeed in the global economy.” Recognizing China as a competitor, it comprises a list of highly worthy aims, including job creation, infrastructure development, technological innovation and a promise that our trade relations will be to the benefit of average Americans. Coupled with its drive to rebuild sorely frayed ties with our European allies, the new administration’s plan sets a new course for the United States. Yet, if the transatlantic component of the administration’s vision is to be realized, it will require a new dialogue with the American people about the essential need to work closely with Europe.