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To be continued ! the Munich conference with Joe Biden as guest star



(B2)The 45th Munich Security Conference, which will take place from February 6 to 8, promises to live up to what it announces: an event. In addition to Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, Nicolas Sarkozy, the French President, or Javier Solana, the High Representative for EU Foreign Policy, and Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, the Secretary General of NATO, we are especially waiting for Joe Biden . The American vice-president would have, in fact, chosen to make the trip to the Bavarian capital, although it was only the Secretary of State for Defense who was expected.

Joe Biden could reveal and clarify what the American foreign policy of the new Obama administration will be. Richard Holbrooke, the new US special envoy for Afghanistan will also be present. As for the French president, we expect him to say a little more about France's reintegration of NATO (but not really much) and the reinforcement in Afghanistan (in particular on the contribution to the deployment of Awacs requested in particular by Berlin). A high-level Iranian official is also expected. Russia is expected to be represented by Deputy Minister Sergey Ivanov. Unless there is a last minute change. On the program are crucial subjects such as the European security architecture (Saturday), non-proliferation and nuclear weapons, the crises in Afghanistan, the Middle East or the Caucasus (Sunday).

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Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).