US vice-president Joe Biden official visits to the European Parliament
US vice-president Joe Biden visits Parliament
President Martin Schulz and the leaders of Parliament's political groups met US vice-president Joe Biden during his visit to Brussels on 6 February. Welcoming vice-president Biden to the Parliament, Schulz said: "In recent years the transatlantic relationship has been tested. Yet, there is much more that unites us than divides us."
Vice-president Biden had a bilateral meeting with president Schulz. Following this he participated in a meeting of the leaders of Parliament's political groups. Welcoming Biden, Martin Schulz referred to a number of important issues including the current crisis in Ukraine, the threat of the so-called Islamic State, and the prospects for a transatlantic trade agreement. He said: "2014 saw a number of fundamental geo-political changes and new challenges. Together we are called upon to deal with shifting global realities."
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