Differences arose between the United States and Europe due to economic problems caused by the war in Ukraine. French President Emmanuel Macron's visit is likely to focus on trade and geopolitical issues. This is reported by The Wall Street Journal.
It is noted that after the outbreak of full-scale war, the US intervened to replace Russia as one of the largest energy suppliers. However, supplying gas from the USA is much more expensive for EU countries. This puts a strain on Europe's manufacturing ba
In addition, the EU needs the support of the US to strengthen its defenses and avoid confrontation with Russ
According to the publication, European leaders are beginning to express frustration at the fact that they increasingly rely on the United States for security and economic stabili
Macron is expected to discuss this during his visit to the US. According to French sources, he wants to put pressure on Biden to reduce the risk of a wider conflict between Russia and the West over Ukraine. At the same time, Macron declares that Ukraine itself must decide when and how to conduct negotiations with the Russian Federati
According to French officials, Macron sees the new US law to reduce inflation as a threat to European industry. It provides huge subsidies and tax breaks for products manufactured using parts from and assembled in North America. European politicians are afraid that many companies will think about moving production to the USA because of this and high electricity pric
The French president is likely to ask Biden for exemptions for European companies comparable to those granted to firms from Canada and Mexico. The White House confirmed that this issue can be brought up for negotiations, but they do not expect a soluti
It is noted that last week Macron invited representatives of the largest companies to the Elysee Palace and asked not to postpone production. In addition, the French leadership calls for the EU to act as a united front against the new American law and to introduce its benefits for European goo
It is noted that despite their differences, Macron and Biden have a warm and friendly relationship. It is planned that during the visit, the presidents will also discuss military support for Ukrai
In recent months, France has stepped up its aid, providing two Crotale air defense systems and two rocket launchers. In addition, the fall of the missile in Poland was a reminder that the war is close to NATO territo
The publication notes that Macron positions himself as a negotiator between the West and Russia, but his frequent conversations with Putin cause irritation among some Eastern European leaders. They believe that the French leader is too soft on Putin.
Also, Macron recently announced the mediating role of China between the Russian Federation and Ukraine. It is also likely to be a topic of talks between Biden and the French president.