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BIG MAN ON THE BIG STAGE: There aren’t too many issues Joe Biden hasn’t carried out in political life, however at this time he places one other notch in his belt when he addresses the United Nations General Assembly for the primary time as president of the United States (beginning at about 10 a.m. in New York; 4 p.m. in Brussels).

Hello once more, from New York City, the place the big leaders gathered on the United Nations begin giving their big speeches at this time. According to custom, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro speaks first, however all eyes shall be on Biden, the more and more controversial chief of the host nation, who additionally by custom shall be second to the podium.

POTUS contact down: Biden arrived in New York on Air Force One late Monday afternoon, after which choppered to Manhattan and zipped uptown to the U.N., the place he met António Guterres. According to a White House read-out, the 2 leaders “reaffirmed the strong partnership between the United States and the United Nations” and “discussed the importance of multilateralism and the defense of democracy and the rules-based order.”

Not included: The read-out didn’t point out if Biden additionally used the assembly to simply accept U.S. duty for the 20-year failed battle in Afghanistan, and the untold civilian deaths there, together with the killing of an harmless help employee and a number of other kids in a drone strike.

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Intensive diplomacy: According to a senior U.S. administration official, Biden’s U.N. “speech will center on the proposition that we are closing the chapter on 20 years of war and opening a chapter of intensive diplomacy by rallying allies and partners and institutions to deal with the major challenges of our time: COVID-19; climate change; emerging technologies; rules of the road on trade and economics; investment in clean infrastructure that is non-corrupt and high-standard; a modern approach to counterterrorism; and vigorous competition with great powers, but not a new Cold War.”

Rallying, riling, reeling: Of course, France and the EU’s prime leaders would say that Biden is doing a much better job of riling allies than rallying them. The U.S. president’s shock announcement of a brand new navy alliance with the U.Ok. and Australia within the Indo-Pacific has left European companions reeling. They at the moment are accusing Biden of disloyalty and undermining the transatlantic alliance, and suggesting an nearly unthinkable insult: that he’s worse than Donald Trump.

Worse than Trump: European Council President Charles Michel, in a outstanding rebuke, stated Monday that a minimum of Trump had been clear about his utter disdain for European allies, and that Biden was the newest in a string of U.S. presidents starting with George W. Bush who had proven disregard for Europe’s pursuits Commission President Ursula von der Leyen demanded explanations and stated “business as usual” can’t go on. Read extra on the fury right here.

Debacle by the horns: Biden’s administration, citing the COVID pandemic, initially discouraged leaders from attending the high-level UNGA debate in individual. But whereas the well being scenario stays tough, lots of Biden’s rising variety of skeptics stated they suspected the White House was making an attempt to restrict dialogue in regards to the messy withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Don’t depend on claps: In the top, dozens of leaders ignored the recommendation and are right here in individual, however strict well being guidelines are in impact, together with restrictions on entry for journalists. And if the White House was nervous Biden would face a frosty reception on the U.N. due to Afghanistan, and doubtlessly endure chiding from predictable quarters like Moscow over failures in U.S. overseas coverage, the brand new discord with the Europeans means he can’t depend on applause — even from leaders who simply months in the past embraced him as a hero for vanquishing Trump.

Flying go to: Little surprise then, that Biden, who usually loves nothing greater than hanging out with overseas coverage wonks, is planning to move straight again to Washington after his speech, the place he’ll meet on the White House along with his still-special pal, U.Ok. Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Intense, actually intense: According to the senior administration official, Biden will handle the Afghanistan problem straight on, by insisting {that a} full pullout was the one affordable possibility. “The president will essentially drive home the message that ending the war in Afghanistan closed a chapter focused on war,” the official stated, “and opens a chapter targeted on purposeful, efficient, intensive American diplomacy outlined by working with allies and companions to resolve issues that may’t be solved by navy power.”

Hmmm: Solving issues with out navy power? Isn’t that why America invented the EU?

Follow the overall debate: Full audio system record right here. And discover the U.N. dwell stream right here.


GRAND ROTUNDA: World leaders give numerous speeches on numerous levels, however there’s one thing in regards to the raised rostrum within the U.N. General Assembly Hall with its golden backdrop hovering towards the 75-foot ceiling that offers the audio system who stand on it an other-worldly glow.

Today’s lineup: Following Bolsonaro and Biden, 34 different heads of state and authorities will take the stage in entrance of the inexperienced marble — or the display screen (within the case of leaders sending pre-recorded movies).

Ok-pop diplomacy: For an alternate view of that iconic rostrum, South Korean megastars BTS used it because the backdrop for a efficiency of their hit “Permission to dance” and to ship a message to younger folks. Here’s hoping one of many leaders at this time is impressed to bust out some strikes too.

Notable appearances: Boldface names to look at for at this time embrace Chinese President Xi Jinping and newly-installed Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi (each pre-recorded); plus Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Also don’t miss Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda, whose tiny Baltic nation has been making itself a thorn within the heels of authoritarian regimes, together with Russia, China and Belarus.

JCP-No method: Speaking of the brand new Iranian authorities, EU overseas coverage chief Josep Borrell who’s the coordinator of the Iran nuclear deal, (aka The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) stated there can be no formal assembly of nuclear deal gamers on the sidelines of UNGA. Instead, Borrell stated at a information convention Monday night that he would urge Iran’s new overseas minister, Hossein Amirabdollahian, to return to the negotiating desk in Vienna.

Notable scarcity: There is only one lady among the many 36 honchos on at this time’s audio system’ record: Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová, whose pre-recorded handle is sixth on the record. It’s a putting, and dismaying gender imbalance, at a corporation that aspires to symbolize your complete inhabitants on Earth.

Notable absence: For all of his discuss “holding up the walls” of multilateralism in the course of the assault of the Trump years, French President Emmanuel Macron’s absence from UNGA this yr is a head-scratcher, given the variety of leaders who ended up deciding to return. It’s additionally all of the extra obtrusive due to the clearly missed alternative for Macron to make himself heard within the fracas over the American-Australian-British safety partnership.

Public platform: As a head of state, Macron would have had a outstanding talking slot, which could have been the right alternative to advertise the “third way” method he has advocated on China and EU strategic autonomy. Instead, it’s Biden and (later within the week) U.Ok. Prime Minister Johnson who’re catching the multilateral highlight, advocating for larger commitments on local weather, holding bilateral conferences and unveiling big strategic bulletins.

So many duties, so little time: “The president has a very busy schedule,” Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French overseas minister, informed Rym at his presser yesterday night when requested about Macron going MIA. Multilateralism is vital, however so are different issues. And presumably, no matter is preoccupying Monsieur le President — inaugurating an exhibition of the Morozov brothers assortment for instance? — it’s the identical problem that’s holding him from slotting in a name with Biden, however not Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Macron and Modi “reaffirmed their common desire to act together in an open and inclusive IndoPacific space,” an Elysee assertion this morning stated. Hint trace. Might that Quad Summit Biden is internet hosting with Modi, Morrison and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga be weighing on Paris?

Keep ready: The U.S. president requested a dialog a number of days in the past to easy over having shafted the French on the brand new safety partnership within the Indo-Pacific. And the White House remains to be ready for a solution from the Elysée.

Strategic impatience: Biden is even stated to be “impatient” to talk with Macron, in keeping with French media. But in keeping with White House press secretary Jen Psaki, Macron gained’t get any substantive redress. On Monday, Psaki stated she anticipated the decision will happen “in coming days” and that Biden will “reaffirm our commitment to working with one of our oldest and closest partners on a range of challenges that the global community is facing. And he, of course, will discuss recent developments … certainly our shared interest in the Indo-Pacific, but also a range of global challenges and issues.”

And these subs? Asked if the U.S. had any plan to desert the controversial submarine contract with Australia, she stated pointedly, “No, we do not.”

Telling silence: It’s Day 7 of the AUKUS controversy and Macron nonetheless hasn’t stated a phrase about it. At first, he appeared to be following the tried and true methodology of sending his overseas and protection ministers out to reply, reducing the extent of engagement in a transfer to belittle the difficulty, whereas holding himself above the fray. Per week later, Macron’s silence continues, holding the world guessing on what could be the diplomatic method out of this mess.

Telling reactions: Borrell convened a gathering of EU overseas ministers in New York, partially to debate the dispute with the U.S. over the Indo-Pacific. But in keeping with one insider, a number of ministers have been uninterested within the matter, suggesting that they view the difficulty as extra of a bilateral dispute between France and Australia, or France and the U.S., than as a matter of EU-wide concern. In remarks to the press after the assembly, Borrell stated that ministers had expressed “complete solidarity toward France.”

Asked by a staffer on the EU delegation in New York if he would take questions, Borrell quipped: “If needed.” In response to a question from POLITICO, about whether or not the safety of EU residents had been put in danger by the brand new U.S. alliance on the Indo-Pacific, Borrell  replied curtly: “No.” But he echoed criticism of Michel and von der Leyen, saying the brand new initiative had blindsided the EU and that it was not conducive to creating stronger cooperation amongst Western allies on China coverage.

Bye-lat: Le Drian doesn’t have a bilateral assembly scheduled along with his U.S. counterpart, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, although he simply would possibly run into him within the hallways. By not scheduling a gathering, the purpose appears to be to present primacy to the decision between Macron and Biden, which is meant to occur within the subsequent couple of days.

Try-again-lat: After canceling the trilateral assembly he was meant to have along with his Indian and Australian counterparts, Le Drian is having breakfast this morning with Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.

G’day-lat: Michel and von der Leyen will meet Austrian PM Scott Morrison at this time, in keeping with a diplomat concerned in planning the assembly, with AUKUS prime of the agenda.

Great petty recreation: Blinken did have a bilateral yesterday along with his freshly appointed British counterpart Liz Truss. This line within the assertion from the U.Ok. Foreign Office. is bound to be seen in Paris: “As two leading free enterprise democracies they recognised the shared common ground between the UK and USA on a wide range of areas including the Indo-Pacific and regional security there and the need to build back better from the Covid pandemic.”


BIG SHOT, NO SHOT: Bolsonaro, who has refused to get vaccinated, publicly declared his intention to defy native laws requiring proof of immunization to enter indoor public areas just like the General Assembly Hall, which regardless of its grandeur apparently suits the factors of a conference heart. That set off a confrontation with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who instructed Bolsonaro shouldn’t trouble coming. It was one of the crucial dramatic confrontations between a visiting dignitary and New York City’s mayor since 1995, when Rudy Giuliani ejected Palestinian chief Yasser Arafat from a live performance at Lincoln Center.

Pizza authority: In the top, de Blasio doesn’t have the authority to cease Bolsonaro from performing his diplomatic duties, however it seems somebody can preserve the Brazilian president outdoor given the vaccine requirement in place throughout town — a pizzeria.

LITTLE COUNTRIES, BIG MOUTHS: Global air air pollution could also be as hazy as ever, however a minimum of the rhetoric round local weather change is getting clearer, in keeping with Karl Mathiesen, POLITICO’s senior local weather correspondent.

At a behind-closed-doors assembly right here on the U.N. on Monday, leaders from small island states excoriated a few of the world’s largest nations, China, India, Russia and the U.S., with blunt lectures about international local weather credibility, Karl reviews.

Heating up, taking flight: Boris Johnson, who’s co-host of this yr’s COP26 local weather convention, and U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres had requested the attendance of China’s Xi Jinping, Russia’s Vladimir Putin, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in addition to Johnson’s new AUKUS ally Biden, just for every of these leaders to ship an envoy or minister to pay attention in. Today, Johnson amped up the local weather rhetoric (and the dramatic music) in a Twitter video.

Western Balkans appetizer: Borrell, the EU overseas coverage chief, will host a dinner in New York for leaders of the nations within the Western Balkans, persevering with a practice began by his predecessor, Federica Mogherini. The meal — for principals solely — will enable for a little bit of preparation forward of an October 6 European Council summit targeted on the Western Balkans, hosted in Slovenia, which at the moment holds the EU’s rotating Council presidency.

Conflict mediator: Borrell additionally labored the telephones Monday in a bid to assist deescalate an argument in Kosovo, the place protests broke out after authorities stopped automobiles with Serbian license plates and refused to allow them to enter the nation. Serbia, which doesn’t acknowledge Kosovo, has imposed related restrictions on automobiles with Kosovo plates.


DEAL OR NO DEAL: Boris Johnson will hitch a practice from New York to Washington this afternoon for a White House summit with U.S. President Joe Biden, Emilio Casalicchio reviews. But the U.Ok. prime minister has little hope that the head-to-head will reopen the dormant commerce negotiations between the 2 sides. Johnson admitted his American counterpart has “a lot of fish to fry” in the mean time, leaving him greater than a bit distracted.

But however however: Johnson tried to make upbeat noises, declaring that Britain and the U.S. have resolved commerce variations over Scotch, Airbus and Boeing, managed to get U.Ok. beef crusing into American ports and agreed a brand new nuclear pact with the Aussies. He stated when he final flew to New York, in the course of the Trump administration, there have been “all sorts of pebbles in the shoe,” including: “As we go to Washington, our relations with the U.S. are about as good as they have been at any time in decades.”

Bezzies (form of): Johnson informed hacks on the aircraft he was buddies with Biden, however made clear the friendship was in its toddler levels. “It hasn’t been a relationship that’s been very long in gestation, but it’s terrific,” he stated. “We see eye-to-eye on all sorts of things.” The PM added that the pair had bonded over trains. “He’s a bit of a train nut, as am I. He likes trains which is a good thing,” he stated, including: “I don’t know about toothpaste” (in reference to former premiers Tony Blair and George W. Bush utilizing the identical model). “If I discover anything about the toothpaste, I’ll let you know.”

Not *that* nice: Of course, that sunlit uplands view fails to have in mind the tensions over the Afghanistan withdrawal, the non-existent commerce talks and the very fact Biden appeared to not inform Johnson upfront that Washington was about to raise its COVID journey ban on the U.Ok. and EU for vaccinated passengers (extra on that right here). So a lot for the particular relationship! Will Biden blindside the PM once more with the announcement of restarted FTA talks?

Charming a president: And spare a thought for the small military of advisers hoping to ensure the White House go to goes easily. For an perception into the planning that goes into an Oval Office meet-up, pay attention again to Jack Blanchard’s Westminster Insider podcast on find out how to attraction a U.S. president. Jack talks to the individuals who helped stage-manage the Washington visits of Theresa May, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

THANKS: to reporters Jacopo Barigazzi, Karl Mathiesen, Cristina Gallardo, Emilio Casalicchio, Stuart Lau and Annabelle Dickson; editors Emma Anderson, James Randerson; and producer Jeanette Minns.

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