Joe Bidenâ€™s trip to Europe, an interview with Germanyâ€™s transatlantic coordinator, the European Parliamentâ€™s strange return to Strasbourg, and a brewing Brussels brouhaha over the French language all feature in this episode.
As Biden makes his first overseas presidential trip for a series of summits â€” with the G7, NATO, the EU and Vladimir Putin â€” POLITICOâ€™s Andrew Gray gets a preview from colleagues Rym Momtaz, DavidÂ M.Â Herszenhorn and Anna Isaac, who are all headed to Cornwall for the first of those powwows.
Peter Beyer, the German governmentâ€™s transatlantic point man, talks to POLITICOâ€™s Matthew Karnitschnig about whatâ€™s changed now that Donald Trump no longer occupies the White House, how the Westâ€™s approach to China is evolving and how the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline impacts relations with Washington.
Meanwhile, a debate is heating up in Brussels over plans by Paris to use only French when conducting business during its upcoming presidency of the Council of the EU, starting in January 2022. POLITICOâ€™s MaÃ¯a de La Baume has the inside scoop on that, and on the European Parliamentâ€™s strange return to Strasbourg after more than a year of pandemic-enforced absence.