In Europe, Joe Biden visits not just his ancestral country of Ireland, but also many other European countries. Joe Biden’s affection for Europe is absolutely limitless, from his native Ireland to the Munich Security Conference to NATO headquarters to the Balkan republics. There are numerous destinations in Europe that tourists enjoy visiting, and the five listed here are constantly on Biden’s must-see list.
1. The Balkans
The former Yugoslavia tucked away in Europe, is now a minor player in global politics and the economy. However, The POTUS, Joe Biden has always been supportive of the Balkans. One may suppose this is because the Balkans share a history and culture with Ireland. His love for the country was evident when he delivered the historic speech in 1999 that forced Belgrade to withdraw from Kosovo. He also spoke out against the death of innocent people in Bosnia and Kosovo during the 90s. Even though his voice has never been listened to but came true, Biden never gave up on the Balkans and visited the region numerous times, even after other Western leaders dismissed it as a lost cause.
During his 2001 tour, he informed his colleagues, “The Balkans are not a strategic sideshow,” demonstrating his humanistic attitude toward the country. Even after becoming President of The United States, he traveled around the country to remind people that he did not forget about them. In Kosovo, there was also a roadway named after Biden. When he remarked that his dead son loved the place as much as he does, you can sense the emotional connection he had with the region.
2. The United Kingdom (UK)
Joe Biden chose to phone the British Prime Minister over any other European leader following his spectacular victory in the Presidential Election. This demonstrates his admiration for the country and its leaders. He also stated that his priority will be to rebuild their alliances. Biden’s affection had also rubbed off on his wife, Jill Biden, who conveyed a message of love during the couple’s visit to the UK for the G7 Summit. When questioned, she stated that they were bringing love from America. The POTUS and FLOTUS can only be expected to visit the UK on a regular basis in the future.
Ireland is without a doubt one of the most historically and culturally rich countries. However, it has a close bond with our esteemed President of the United States, Joe Biden. His parents are of Irish descent, and he visits Ireland frequently to honour his ancestors. Despite being his parents’ birthplace, Ireland could have inspired the President in a variety of ways, as he would have grown up reading stories about his ancestors fleeing the 19th-century famine and going on to create history in various lands, and he could also have related to the struggle of John F. Kennedy, another President of the United States of Irish origin. He had stated on numerous occasions that his rich history of Irish culture, along with his parents’ resilience teachings, had made him ‘never bending,’ and he thanked his Irish culture for this.
Biden’s most notable visit to Ireland was in 2016 when he was greeted by thousands of locals, the majority of whom were members of his extended family. ‘It seems bizarre, but we sat down and it felt like we’d known one other forever,’ he said.
Hungary will always be meaningful to Biden because it was his wedding location in 1977. Joe and Jill Biden visited Budapest and Lake Balaton in Hungary, both of which are beautiful. Amidst the country’s upheaval and warfare, it didn’t seem like the best time to take a vacation, and Hungary wasn’t most people’s first choice. During their vacation, they spent two days in Budapest, where they met with and were welcomed by the country’s top officials (Istvan Huszar, Janos Nagy, Rudolf Ronai, and Istvan Torok). It turned out to be such a memorable holiday for them that they have a soft spot in their hearts for Hungary and continue to visit the nation on their European vacations.
Even during the Cold War, Biden had a good relationship with Munich, Germany. During Wehrkunde (the German term for the Cold War), Biden attended the annual meeting on a regular basis to ensure that the war’s diplomatic strategy was in order. During this time, he developed many personal contacts that were crucial in keeping the west connected to the region during times of crisis and in the future.
Biden never ceased interacting with, and he also attended the Munich Security Conference in 2019 where he famously assured the gathering that he would be back, and after elected president, he virtually connected with Munich and announced, ‘America is back.’
‘It’s all about love and travel’
Joe Biden’s trip to Europe continues to be an inspiration for many American visitors. Are you one of the individuals he motivates? Then it’s time to take a European vacation to all five of the destinations named above, as well as every other location.