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New polling shows Biden will struggle to restore European trust in US global leadership

While many in Europe are sympathetic to President Biden, his election does not mean they will automatically back the US in future conflicts

By Mark Leonard  

Photo: Contributor: Newscom / Alamy Stock Photo

Donald Trump is no Evita Perón. Few in Europe were sad to see him go. And even now, with a moderate force in Joe Biden, most Europeans doubt that America can return to global leadership on international issues such as climate change or the threat of China.

This is the key takeaway of our survey of more than 15,000 Europeans in 11 European countries. It reveals a wide scepticism about the future trajectory of the US, and finds that while many in Europe are sympathetic to the new incumbent in the White House, a majority now thinks the US political…

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