Trump is gone but Biden Europe trip brings up allies’ lingering worry


President Joe Biden spent a whirlwind week in Europe renewing transatlantic vows, reinforcing his message that the world is in an existential struggle between democracies and autocracies, and reclaiming an American diplomatic centerground following four years of relative chaos and drift under his predecessor, Donald Trump. 

Biden was enthusiastically welcomed by close allies – many of them old friends from his long diplomatic career – at a G-7 summit in Cornwall, England, and at a meeting with leaders at the NATO military alliance’s headquarters in Brussels. He departed talks in Geneva with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, with few concrete deliverables, but with some hope there could be a path forward for better ties with Moscow amid many fault lines – cyberattacks, human rights, election meddling, Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

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