“ Show that democracies can still deliver.” With these words, President Joe Biden called on other world leaders to show that democracy as a state form matters and is not an outdated phenomenon.
Biden addressed the Munich Security Conference, which has held a high level debate on global security issues every year since 1963.
Prior to the online meeting, Biden spoke from Washington with the leaders of the G7 countries. According to the President of the United States, we are in the middle of a fundamental debate about the direction in which the world is moving.
“ That is a debate between those who believe that, given the problems we face such as the fourth industrial revolution and a global pandemic, autocracy is the best way forward and those who understand that democracy is essential to solving those problems.”
Open to Iran-deal
With his speech, Biden underlined that he breaks with the policy of his predecessor Donald Trump. For example, he said that he was open to rejoining the nuclear treaty with Iran on curbing that country‘s nuclear energy programme. Trump withdrew the US from that agreement in 2018.
Biden also made it clear that he wants to smooth out the wrinkles in the relationship with the European allies. Former President Trump did not fail to injure the European NATO countries on the fact that they contributed far less to the alliance than was agreed. “The United States is determined to earn back trust and leadership,” assured Biden.
“ America is back. The transatlantic alliance is back.” Trump’s threat to withdraw 12,000 American soldiers from Germany turned Biden back, to the delight of German Chancellor Merkel. In response, it indicated that Germany is committed to abide by the agreement to spend 2% of gross domestic product on defence.