The election of Joe Biden as the new US president has raised many hopes in Europe and, above all, in Germany. Perhaps too many, because despite shared values, it is the different global interests that are causing Europe and the US to drift in different directions. It would be good if both sides were clear about this to prevent new disappointments. “America is back” also has a meaning that has more to do with the transformation of the United States under Barack Obama than with the continuation of old transatlantic traditions. If there is to be a renewed transatlantic alliance, it will have to deal with many things – but least of all with the Atlantic.
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