Biden and EU’s von der Leyen to talk trade, Balkans, climate at White House



By Jeff Mason and Andrea Shalal | Reuters

WASHINGTON, Nov 10 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden will host European Commission head Ursula von der Leyen at the White House on Wednesday to discuss trade and Western Balkans turmoil, among other issues, as he continues to try to mend ties with the European Union.

The Washington get-together comes shortly after Biden and von der Leyen, who is president of the EU’s executive, met during the G20 gathering of world leaders in Rome and the U.N. climate conference in Glasgow.

The White House said the two leaders would follow up on those meetings and discuss “rules of the road” for the economy through a joint U.S.-EU trade and technology council, global warming, and regional issues such as Ukraine and the Western Balkans.

Biden, a Democrat, has sought to shore up ties with Europe after his predecessor Donald Trump, a Republican, spurned allies and institutions during his time in office.

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