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Mihir Sharma

Europe Is Better Than the U.S. at Talking to India

The war in Ukraine is bringing the two sides closer together rather than driving them apart despite their differences.

Scholz has invited Modi to the G-7.

Scholz has invited Modi to the G-7.

Photographer: Clemens Bilan — Pool/Getty Images

In the United States, India’s neutral stance over the Ukraine invasion has led some to question how deeply to invest in the U.S.-India relationship. In Europe, which is more directly threatened by Russia, the opposite has happened. Rather than drifting apart as a consequence of the war, India and Europe seem instead to be growing closer.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Europe this week, visiting Germany, France and Denmark, where he will meet the leaders of the five Nordic countries. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has invited India to attend a G-7 summit in the Bavarian Alps next month. In New Delhi last week, European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen announced a new trade and technology council designed to deepen cooperation between the European Union and India.