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Max Hastings

Biden’s Europe Trip Is an End, Not a New Beginning

The pomposity of the “New Atlantic Charter” makes a mockery of the old transatlantic alliance.



Photographer: Leon Neal/Getty Images


President Joe Biden’s visit to Europe has prompted a flood of enthusiastic rhetoric. This reflects the relief shared in most of the continent’s capitals about the change of White House tenant.

“Today is a good day for Denmark and for transatlantic cooperation,” exulted the Danish foreign minister, welcoming U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to Copenhagen ahead of Biden’s arrival in Britain for the G-7 meeting, “because today, America is back.”