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Biden v. Trump - What next for transatlantic relations?

Friday, 02 October 2020


H. E. Anthony Gardner
Former Ambassador of the United States to the European Union


David O’Sullivan
Chair of the Governing Board, European Policy Centre Former EU Ambassador to the United States

On 3 November
2020, Americans will go to the polls to choose the 46th president of the United States. The elections may prove to be one of the most consequential in recent US history, offering the starkest choice between two competing visions for the US’ future for many decades. The future of the transatlantic relationship will be defined by the outcome. Under the current Trump administration, the gap between both shores of the Atlantic has significantly widened. Major policy differences divide the transatlantic partners today, including on climate change, the Iran nuclear issue and, more recently, the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, transatlantic relations are increasingly defined by the accelerating US-China geopolitical rivalry. These challenges raise important questions about the future of transatlantic relations: how should Europe prepare for the forthcoming US presidential election? What can Europe expect from a second Trump term, and can a Biden administration possibly revive the transatlantic relationship?

At this on-line Briefing, Anthony Gardner, former ambassador of the United States of America to the European Union, will shed light on these and other issues. The briefing will be moderated by David O’Sullivan, Chair of the Governing Board of the European Policy Centre, and former EU Ambassador to the United States.

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