Now that Democrat Joe Biden has been annointed as the new president of the United States by the relevant electoral commissions, both of Europe’s top leaders have spoken to the president-elect by telephone.

Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel said it was “a new beginning” in EU-US relations.

Von der Leyen, the Commission President, said: “It is a new beginning for the EU-US global partnership. A strong EU and a strong US working together can shape the global agenda based on cooperation, multilateralism, solidarity and shared values.”

European Council President Charles Michel invited Biden to a special meeting in Brussels next year with EU head of states.

Europe is hoping to put a tariff war behind it as it develops a new trade relationship with the US.

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