“Towards a ‘Transatlantic Green Deal’? How the EU can re-engage the United States on Climate Change”, Simon Schunz (College of Europe, Bruges)

The election of Joe Biden as 46th President of the United States opens a window of opportunity for renewed transatlantic engagement, notably on the urgent global matter of climate change. In her remarks on the US election results, European Commission President von der Leyen immediately extended a hand to the new Administration, indicating that the “Commission stands ready to intensify cooperation […] to address pressing challenges […] notably […] tackling climate change”, an issue on which several major global meetings will be organised in 2021 (European Commission 2020a). Her call for cooperation has since been reiterated by many other EU policy-makers, including via Commission and Council policy papers on the future of transatlantic relations (Herszenhorn 2020).

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