A summit of European leaders with the new President of the United States is a political-media gift that can shine a light on the hitherto rather confined Portuguese presidency of the European Union. The meeting, scheduled since Joe Biden was elected successor to Donald Trump, is being prepared by the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, and, according to the head of Portuguese diplomacy, told Expresso, it could happen “during our presidency”.
“The date and place of this summit are not the subject of the Portuguese presidency”, stresses Augusto Santos Silva, Minister of Foreign Affairs, but hopes “that it will happen as quickly as possible”. Charles Michel contacted Joe Biden shortly after his election and agreed to prepare for the summit, which will mark bilateral commitment to a renewed phase of Europe / US relations. For the Portuguese Government, and for the Prime Minister in particular, getting the moment full of strategic and political symbolism to coincide with the semester in which Portugal presides over the EU would be a relevant milestone in the history of this presidency. It would not be the Treaty of Lisbon, but there would always be a handshake with the protagonist of the new American era.
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