Meet America’s new Ambassador to France

An experienced diplomat who formerly worked in Belgium, the USA's new Ambassador has arrived in Paris.

Meet America’s new Ambassador to France
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France’s new US Ambassador is no stranger to US-European relations, having served as Ambassador to Belgium for four years.

An experienced diplomat and a fluent French speaker, Denise Campbell Bauer, 58, was based in Brussels between 2013 and 2017 after being nominated to the position by Barack Obama – for whom she had raised millions of dollars for his two presidential campaigns.

A noted advocate for women in politics, in 2019, she was executive director of the ‘Women for Biden’ campaign group for Joe Biden’s ultimately successful bid for the Presidency.

She is a former TV journalist and has worked with the American Red Cross. 

She was nominated for the post of Ambassador to France and Monaco by President Joe Biden in July, and confirmed by the Senate during a marathon series of votes in December. She presented her credentials last month.

Announcing her nomination, the White House said in a statement: “Denise Campbell Bauer is an experienced diplomat, non-profit leader, and advocate for women’s voices in politics and policy. 

“She served as the United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium from August 2013 until January 2017, where she led one of the largest embassies in Europe and earned a reputation for her collaborative leadership style, high ethics standards, and crisis management skills.”

She takes over the post at a critical time in global politics, with the US and EU nations co-ordinating sanctions against Russia, following the invasion of Ukraine.

She succeeds Trump nominee Jamie McCourt, who left in January. Chargé d’affaires Brian Aggeler has managed the embassy in the short intervening period.

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German chancellor arrives for talks in S. Korea

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz arrived in South Korea on Sunday for talks with President Yoon Suk Yeol after attending the G7 summit in Hiroshima.

German chancellor arrives for talks in S. Korea

Scholz, the first German chancellor to visit Seoul for a bilateral meeting in 30 years, will travel to the Demilitarised Zone dividing North and South Korea ahead of his summit with Yoon.

The two leaders will hold a joint news conference before Scholz flies out late Sunday night.

The summit agenda will range widely from climate change to security policy in the Indo-Pacific region, with the two leaders also expected to discuss the war in Ukraine, German officials said in a briefing last week.

South Korea, the world’s ninth-largest arms exporter, has sent humanitarian assistance to Ukraine and has also sold tanks and howitzers to Poland.

However, it has a longstanding policy of not providing weapons to active conflict zones.

An official from the German government told reporters the two leaders will discuss Seoul’s plans for providing further assistance to Ukraine.

“We have recently heard from President Yoon — this was also public — that there were certain considerations or a certain easing in this direction,” the official said.

“I do not expect us to press him in this direction, but we will of course listen carefully to what he has to say on this issue.”

Yoon held talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Hiroshima Sunday. That followed a meeting with his wife, First Lady Olena Zelenska, last week.

South Korea’s presidential office said Scholz’s visit will be an “opportunity to strengthen economic security cooperation with Germany, a long-standing ally sharing universal values, and to deepen solidarity and coordination to respond to regional and international issues”.

Scholz praised Seoul for providing humanitarian aid to Ukraine and participating in sanctions against Russia.

He also said in a written interview with South Korea’s Yonhap news agency that it was up to each nation to determine how they would help Ukraine.

In the same interview, Scholz also condemned North Korea’s weapons tests but said it was important to leave a window open for dialogue.