European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a meeting. File photo
Gulf Today Report
The European Union hailed Joe Biden's inauguration later on Wednesday as a "new dawn" for Europe and the United States, but they warned that the world has changed after four years of Donald Trump and that trans-Atlantic ties will be different in the future.
The EU and the United States are the world's top trading powers, along with China, and have close cultural, historical, business and defence ties, but Donald Trump sought to sideline the EU, championing Britain's departure from the bloc.
"This new dawn in America is the moment we’ve been awaiting for so long,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said, hailing Biden’s arrival as "resounding proof that, once again after four long years, Europe has a friend in the White House.”
"The United States are back, and Europe stands ready to reconnect with an old and trusted partner to breathe new life into our cherished alliance,” she told EU lawmakers, hours before Biden was to be sworn in at his inauguration ceremony in Washington.
Expressing relief at the end of four years of Trump's "America First" policy, the EU's chief executive and chairman told the European Parliament that shaping new global digital regulation together was paramount.
"This new dawn in America is the moment we've been waiting for," European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said. But she also cautioned: "This sense of relief ... should not lead us to making any illusions. Trump may be consigned to history in a few hours, but his followers remain."
Joe Biden speaks during an election rally. File photo
Von der Leyen said that while it might not be possible "to completely eliminate any of these dark forces" of the kind of incitement that led to the storming of the US Capital on Jan. 6, hate speech and fake news must not be allowed to circulate freely on the internet.
"This political power, unbridled power held by the big internet giants must be reined in," Von der Leyen said.
EU lawmakers are debating new digital policy that would have implications for Google, Facebook and Apple , but without major technology companies of its own, the European Union's digital privacy and antitrust regulation can only go so far.
Von der Leyen proposed in her speech setting up a EU-US Common Technology Council as a first step to draw up a template for global digital regulation that others around the world could follow.
US President Donald Trump interacts with the media. File photo
From regulating artificial intelligence to complex algorithms based on vast amounts of data, the EU wants restrictions that would not at the same time limit the benefits of technology, such as self-driving cars or sharing data to fight diseases.
European Council President Charles Michel, who chairs EU summits in Brussels, said transatlantic priorities should also include combating COVID-19 and climate change."Together, we must stand as the bedrock of the rules-based international order, working for peace, security, prosperity, freedom, human rights and gender equity," Michel said. "Let's build a new founding pact for a stronger Europe, for a stronger America and for a better world," he told EU lawmakers.
Ambassadors from the 27 EU countries are due to consider five broad policy areas on which they see greater opportunities for cooperation with President-elect Joe Biden after four strained years with Trump.
In a tweet accompanied by a three-and-a-half minute video, Biden said giving Trump four more years in power would be extremely dangerous and "fundamentally alter the character of this nation, who we are."
Nineteen of the Democrats running for president were in New Hampshire for the state party convention on Saturday — an event that provides an important chance for them to woo political power brokers in the first-in-the nation primary state.
The 12th edition of Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF), organised by the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) will host a series of fun and educational workshops and activities, from May 19 to 29 to provide opportunities
Graduates from overseas medical schools including Bangladesh, Philippines, Nepal and Kyrgyzstan have to pass local exams in India before they are allowed to practise.
Lt. Col. Majid Sultan Al Asam revealed that the department was tipped off about a large quantity of the illicit substances being smuggled into the UAE through its territorial waters within the jurisdiction of Sharjah.
As per eligibility criteria, the candidate must be a Pakistani/Azad Kashmir national. While for Ph.D scholarships, candidates must have a minimum qualification of MS/MPhil/ME or equivalent (18 years) before the closing date.