Event Recap

New Atlanticist

Feb 10, 2021

Charles Michel on renewing EU-US ties: ‘For global challenges, we need global solutions’

By Larry Luxner

“With the new Biden administration, there is [in] Europe a feeling of hope and the expectation that it will be possible… to rebuild a very strong alliance—what I have called a ‘new founding pact’ between the United States and Europe,” said European Council President Charles Michel.

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The Atlantic Council hosted a conversation on Europe and the outlook for transatlantic cooperation with His Excellency Charles Michel, President of the European Council, on February 10, 2021.

In 2021, the Atlantic Council doubled down on its mission to promote relations with the European Union, with its Europe Center at the heart of this effort. As part of the Europe Center launch, the Council was honored to welcome President Charles Michel for a discussion of the European Union’s agenda for renewal in the transatlantic partnership. Both sides have signaled their commitment to a new era of transatlantic cooperation. At the same time, the European Union continues its debate on strategic autonomy and a more assertive role in international affairs. As a new US administration settled into office, the Atlantic Council held a conversation with President Michel about his perspectives on the opportunities and challenges that confront the European Union and the United States externally and in their relationship. How can Brussels and Washington tackle shared challenges like COVID-19, the economic recovery, climate change, and a more volatile geopolitical environment? What are concrete steps to reshape and upgrade transatlantic cooperation? How can the two sides overcome differences on issues like trade?

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H.E. Charles Michel

President of the European Council

Moderated by

Europe Center

Providing expertise and building communities to promote transatlantic leadership and a strong Europe in turbulent times.