Mr. Biden Goes to Brussels

Robert D. Atkinson June 10, 2021
June 10, 2021

High on President Joe Biden’s agenda as he travels to Europe this month for G7 and NATO summit meetings will be discussions to mend the rift in transatlantic relations that President Donald Trump exacerbated with his blustery America First posturing. But if the president believes he can easily restore transatlantic relations to their former state, he is likely in for a rude awakening.

As Rob Atkinson writes in Morning Consult, nowhere is this more obvious than in Europe’s increasing aggression toward U.S. technology companies as manifest in its protectionist efforts to achieve “digital sovereignty.” While the president should, by all means, seek a stronger alliance with European allies, particularly against China, he should not “give away the store” by sacrificing U.S. economic and technology interests simply to make amends.