January 16, 2022

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The United States and Europe are seeking to strengthen loose ties

Europeans and Americans plan to meet in this former industrial city of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania to restore the Atlantic connection that was damaged during the Trump era. U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo and Trade Representative Catherine Toy will receive the Vice Presidents of the European Commission, Valdis Dombrovsky and Margaret Vestager, who will negotiate the twenty-seven.

When President Joe Biden visited Brussels in June, the two sides agreed to form the US-European Trade and Technology Council (TTC). Its goal: to deepen their business relationships and strengthen their collaboration in technology.

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Since then, Washington and Brussels have not moved forward on the steel and aluminum conflict between themselves, which has been put on hold until the end of 2021. After all, the White House imposed two obstacles on its allies – the withdrawal of US troops from Kabul in late August without warning. And two weeks later the surprising formation of an alliance with the United Kingdom and Australia (Aux) – which casts doubt on Mr Biden’s genuine desire to cooperate with the old continent.

In retaliation, France canceled an order for Canberra submarines in the interest of the United States and the British in an attempt to persuade its European partners to postpone the TTC meeting. Without success: Atlantic (Baltic countries) or defenders of free trade (Denmark, Ireland) refused to do so. After a phone interview with Joe Biden on September 22, Emmanuel Macron finally buried the chick.

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“There will be no press conference to mark our bad mood,” he said. Expressed confidence in the senior officer of the Commission. For the rest, the crisis in Afghanistan and the Axis should be mentioned in the exchange of European leaders with their hosts, but they should not significantly change the outcome of the discussions.

This Pittsburgh meeting should first mark a program between the two continents on the regulation of digital platforms, artificial intelligence oversight, technical standards, semiconductor shortage or foreign investment and export control. Strategic areas. Ten working groups will be formed for this.

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