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At excessive midday on January 20, the brand new President of the United States assumed his official obligations. Even if this occurred 45 occasions earlier than, the circumstances have been extraordinary.
The safety measures have been unprecedented – which have been comprehensible, given the current Capitol Hill riots – with the 1000’s of National Guard troops, Secret Service brokers and common police that have been concerned within the preparation of the inauguration. The anti-pandemic measures made it inconceivable for crowds to take part within the ceremony.
There was one evident absence felt, nonetheless, that of outgoing President Donald Trump – the primary such case in additional than 150 years. Air Force One took a visibly sulking Trump to his Mar-a-Lago property in Florida; a symbolic and painful reminder that the US is extraordinarily divided to which the outgoing President contributed enormously by questioning the outcomes of the elections in a number of states.
Parts of the voters and the outgoing administration query the legitimacy of the elections. The speedy job for the brand new president shall be to bridge current gaps in society by restoring religion in American establishments and revive the spirit of bi-partisan accountability for the nation.
President Biden will before everything must grasp his response to the pandemic, which incorporates each defending the lives of Americans and restoring the arrogance of the enterprise neighborhood. Every single day 3,000 Americans fall sufferer to the lethal virus. Executive orders will now requite that masks be worn on federal property. Poor folks will must be protected against foreclosures brought on by money owed on account of pandemic-related unemployment. The distribution of the varied vaccines wants to enhance urgently. The travel ban for a number of Muslim nations shall be retracted, though pandemic-related restrictions on worldwide travel shall be saved in place.
The selection of the highest officers – Jake Sullivan as National Security Advisor and Antony Blinken as Secretary of State, Janet Yellen for Treasury Secretary, retired General Lloyd Austin for Secretary of Defense – exhibits that Biden needs to have a extra energetic overseas coverage for the US, one which locations a substantial amount of significance on the US’ predominant allies and constructive engagements with companions.
Domestically, we would anticipate a reasonably formidable agenda from the brand new administration, given the truth that each the Senate and the House of Representatives for the subsequent two years shall be managed by the Democrats.
Last however not least – the brand new administration can have the duty of placing the United States firmly again on the map of a multilateral world atmosphere. In this regard, we as Europeans shall be enthusiastically contributing. There is lots that the European Union and the US can do collectively The multi-faceted confrontation with China will most likely not be averted, however a transparent mutual studying of either side’ intentions will play an enormous function in bringing down the strain.
The US will certainly come again to the Paris Accords as wells as attempt to negotiate a nuclear non-proliferation treaty. That is why the US and EU have a really formidable agenda collectively, one which goes past single points within the worldwide area.
First – The pandemic has mercilessly uncovered flaws within the Western mannequin of democracy, society, financial system. We’ve felt a shift within the geopolitical tectonic plates for a while. But this time it’s not about China or Russia, or different exterior threats. It is about us – Slovaks, Europeans, the West on the whole. The malicious virus has pressured us to look within the mirror the place we discovered that we’re much less lovely than we assumed; e.g. An American President who cynically destroys the material of polity by not conceding defeat after a free election.
Second – The restoration will take a few years, if not many years. For now, it’s comparatively simple: we save lives and we save economies. We do what it takes. We print cash and throw it at folks from helicopters. The exhausting half shall be, to borrow the phrases of a politician throughout the pond, “build back better”.
Digest the fruits of the digital revolution. Rethink the worldwide chains of manufacturing and distribution. Regulate techno-giants with out blocking their creativity and harming free speech. Embrace carbon neutrality and biodiversity. Unleash the potential of minorities. The post-pandemic governance will most likely require a unique mindset and a brand new toolbox for economists and politicians alike.
The mindset begins with the belief that, in contrast to in 2008, there isn’t any going again to the outdated occasions. The toolbox will embrace new applied sciences resembling machine studying and cloud computing.
Third – The multilateral system, whether it is to outlive, would require an enormous overhaul. The record of unsolved world points is lengthy, from non-proliferation to commerce wars to public well being to the digital sphere. The present world framework of worldwide organizations is struggling. There is purpose to consider that the US and EU can get better some affinity and commonality of values and pursuits which disappeared underneath the Trump administration. This often is the final alternative for the West to suggest concepts and options and make them common.
Regardless of the ambitions and good indicators coming from the brand new Biden administration, it is going to most likely be not sufficient because the world has modified for the reason that Obama and Bush years. The US isn’t capable of lead alone. And, in fact, Europe must reassert itself. The EU is exhibiting indicators of ambition (such because the current restoration bundle) but additionally probably deadly divisions.
Though the duties forward of the brand new administration look enormously formidable, that is the time of hope and rejuvenation for the American folks and for all of us believers in democracy and free enterprise and the transatlantic alliance. The West should not blow this chance.

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