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Berlin welcomed Joe Biden’s US electoral victory with wide open arms. German Chancellor Angela Merkel rushed to acknowledge the victory of the Democratic candidate on Saturday afternoon and this Monday she appeared before the press to highlight the willingness to work “side by side” with “her most important ally” to face the great global challenges.

The monumental global crisis posed by the covid-19 pandemic, climate change, terrorism or the defense of an open economy and global trade in the world were the challenges from which strong transatlantic cooperation awaits, to which it made referenced the chancellor during her brief appearance on Monday morning.

Merkel has not avoided at the same time self-criticism in her first declaration of intentions with a view to the presidential replacement in Washington, aware of the drag on relations with the allied country. “We Germans and Europeans know that in this alliance we must assume more responsibilities,” said Merkel, alluding to the US demand for greater involvement in the framework of the Atlantic Alliance. “The United States is and will continue to be our most important ally, but we are rightly expected to do more to ensure our security and defend our convictions in the world.”

The tension between the Trump Administration and Germany has been evident in the last four years. Beyond the lack of personal harmony between the Republican president and the conservative chancellor, issues such as military spending, the trade war or the Russian Nordstream II gas pipeline have marked the notorious disagreements between Washington and Berlin.

Merkel recalled that Biden is a politician who knows Germany and Europe well and has worked with in the past. He considered the vice president-elect, Kamala Harris, that “as the first woman in that position and as the daughter of two immigrants, she is for many people an inspiration” and “an example of the possibilities of the United States.” In her speech, Merkel avoided naming the still US president, Donald Trump.

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