Recent years have been marked by a persistent global decline in democratic values and the rule of law. While many differences remain and have to be acknowledged, North America has unquestionably been our closest historical ally in championing democracy and its values across the world. The arrival of the new administration in the US has provided a new momentum and a unique opportunity to build the new transatlantic partnership and jointly manage not only the internal, but also global challenges, especially with regard to powers which do not share the same values, such as China or Russia. President Biden's initiative to organise a Summit for Democracy at a time when autocracies are on the offensive is only the first step in building a strong international democratic alliance.
The opinion will analyze the civil society point of view on the new EU- US Transatlantic agenda (pandemic response and beyond; climate change; technology, trade and standards; a safer, more prosperous and more democratic world). It will particularly stress the need for the EU and US to rebuild their partnership based on shared and historical values, and together face the current global unprecedented challenges, including the rise of China and other global actors who do not align to the same democratic principles.