The fact that the relationship with the United States is still special can be seen from the fact that Joe Biden can keep the first name of the British Prime Minister, is a popular joke these days.

When the American president presented the new trilateral defense pact (AUKUS) with Boris Johnson and the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison last week, he addressed the man from London confidently as "Boris" - and the man from Canberra, after a pause, as "These colleagues from Down Under".

Jochen Buchsteiner

Political correspondent in London.

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This Tuesday, Biden Johnson welcomed Johnson to the White House.

The collateral damage of the AUKUS Pact, within NATO and especially in relation to France, should be on the agenda, but other issues are publicly highlighted in Downing Street.

Johnson would "passionately" advertise that Washington opens the borders at least to fully vaccinated Britons, it said.

With success: it became public on Monday that the United States would soon lift entry restrictions from the European Union and Great Britain for vaccinated people. The White House confirmed media reports from the Financial Times, the Politico website and CNN on Monday. According to the newspaper and CNN, the move should take effect in November. Biden had taken over the entry ban of his predecessor Donald Trump.

Johnson will be accompanied in America for the first time by his new Secretary of State Liz Truss, who in her previous role negotiated a free trade agreement with America.

In this area, too, the British complain of little movement.

Last but not least, the Northern Ireland Protocol in the Brexit Treaty offers points of friction.

As an ethnic Irishman, Biden is behind the government in Dublin, which does not believe in the British desire to renegotiate the protocol.

Johnson speaks of a "historic commitment"

After the violent reactions of the French in the course of the AUKUS pact - up to and including the withdrawal of their ambassador from Washington - it is questionable how much Biden wants to fight for positions of the EU. If the defense pact is the yardstick, Biden sees the UK as the more reliable partner on issues of strategic weight. At least that is what is accepted in London.

"Right at the top of the travel agenda" is the preparation for the world climate summit, which will be held in Glasgow in November. Johnson wants to present his country as an international leader in climate protection and hopes for breakthroughs at the "COP26 conference". Johnson's role as a pioneer is overshadowed by the rapid rise in British gas prices, which led to further crisis meetings in London on Monday. The gas crisis is also attributed to the accelerated conversion to a climate-neutral energy industry.

Johnson's main goal is to provide $ 100 billion a year internationally for climate protection measures in developing countries. The support promised in 2009 within the framework of the UN is to be raised by the rich countries. Despite increased commitments from Great Britain and other countries such as Germany, only an estimated 80 to 90 billion dollars per year have been raised. Above all, there is no increase in American funds. "By agreeing the 100 billion goal, the richest countries in the world made a historic commitment to the poorest in the world - we owe it to them to implement it now," said Johnson upon arrival in New York.