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Perceptions of U.S. reliability mixed across Europe

June 8, 2021 - As President Joe Biden embarks on his first trip to Europe, a survey by the German Marshall Fund and the Bertelsmann Foundation suggests he has not won back the standing of the United States as it was before the Covid-19 pandemic struck.

According to the survey, only 51% of Germans see the United States as a reliable partner, rising to 60% in France, 67% in Britain and 76% in Poland. Fewer than a quarter of Turks trust the United States. Most Americans regard the European Union as a reliable partner, the study said.

Biden embarks on his first European tour as president on Wednesday to attend G7, NATO and European Union summits. He faces the challenge of repairing transatlantic ties damaged by his predecessor Donald Trump, whose withdrawal from international agreements and sharp criticism of NATO undermined European faith in Washington, Reuters said.

PUBLISHED: 08/06/2021; STORY: Graphic News