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The new U.S. administration has brought a welcome change in tone to transatlantic relations. But little progress has yet been made on thorny issues, including trade, technology, climate, and China.
China’s economic structure and financing mechanisms are fundamentally different from the United States’ and, consequently, its experience investing in infrastructure only highlights how difficult it will be for the United States to actually compete in these terms.
What has happened with the Covid-19 vaccine–its invention, production and distribution–is a telling example of the dangerous gap between technology and politics. While the scientific effort to create and produce the Covid-19 vaccine was global, the response from governments has been local.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has become deeply ingrained in daily life. Work must begin now to heal deep-seated divisions, which are not likely to be resolved in a burst of diplomacy.
It is in the EU's vital political and strategic interest not only to show diplomatic support for efforts to revive the Iran nuclear deal, but also to influence the content of the renewed nuclear deal.