US-Europe politics not the same after end of Trump era - official
US-Europe relations have will not be reset by the arrival of Joe Biden as US president, a senior Polish official has claimed.
Krzysztof Szczerski, the presidential commissioner for the establishment of the International Policy Bureau, said that the years of the Trump presidency saw significant changes in the relations between the two blocs, and that “too much has happened over that time, like, for instance, Brexit or the weakening of Berlin's position".
Talking to the Dziennik Gazeta Prawna newspaper, Szczerski, who is also the former head of the Polish president's office, added that after the end of Trump's presidency Europe had to work together to form a common American policy.
"I believe that it is a proper thing now for the Weimer Triangle to hold serious talks,” he said. “In order to formulate a common European offer for Biden. If this offer was formulated separately by Berlin, Paris or Warsaw, then Europe would not give itself the chance to strike up a new relationship with the US."
He also stressed that despite the chaos engulfing the Trump presidency since his supports stormed Washington’s Capitol Building, the Trump years had brought benefits to Poland.
"Irrespective of recent developments, the achievements of the Trump presidency are objectively profitable for Poland,” claimed Szczerski. “What is most important from Poland's point of view is to avoid a common conviction that the US either is, or is becoming, a weak state."
But issues such as the rule of law and LGBT rights could become a subject for US-Polish relations under the new American administration.
"It is a natural thing that democracies also discuss such subjects that are perceived by their societies in a different way," he said and, at the same time, declared readiness to hold talks regarding any topic.