7. SOUNDBITE (German) Jessica Gienow-Hecht, University Professor of History at Freie Universität Berlin:
"A lot will change in the culture of dialogue. The tone alone will change. It will perhaps come closer back to what we had before. As I said, Biden is a great communicator. That will help us a lot. In terms of content, I'm not so sure what will change. So, if we think of the big issues: trade, relations with China, NATO. In terms of content, I'm afraid there won't be that much change."
8. German newspaper "Die Welt" headline reading (German) "Let's start anew" and showing Joe Biden being sworn in
9. SOUNDBITE (German) Jessica Gienow-Hecht, University Professor of History at Freie Universität Berlin:
"Emotion, dialogue culture, representation, tone, atmosphere - these are fundamental pillars of international relations and also of international dialogue culture. We can probably look forward to that a bit at the moment."
10. Gienow-Hecht's hand
11. SOUNDBITE (German) Jessica Gienow-Hecht, University Professor of History at Freie Universität Berlin:
"Chancellors have not differed much in the past as far as dealing with the US is concerned, Of course there have been disagreements and occasional contradictions. But that cooperation with the US on a military, economic, political and cultural level is tremendously important to us, I don't think there can be any doubt about that and no future chancellor will question that."
12. German parliament
13. SOUNDBITE (German) Moritz Altner, Hamburg resident working in Berlin:
"I hope that the American-German relationship will develop positively again. If you look at the executive orders he signed yesterday, with the return to the Paris Agreement and so on, it seems to be on the right track. Maybe not in a way that he's doing the most left-wing things, but he's leading the US back on the path where it can go to a common path into the future."
14. Street scene
15. SOUNDBITE (German) Helena, no surname given:
"Of course I'm very happy as a European, not only as a German, but also as a European, with the hope that America and Europe will move closer together again and that transatlantic relations will improve."
Germans on Thursday welcomed the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States, saying a lot would change in the culture of dialogue between the US and the rest of the world, following four strained years under Donald Trump.
"The tone alone will change," explained history professor Jessica Gienow-Hecht. "That will help us a lot."
Biden was eager to go big early, with an ambitious first 100 days including a push to speed up the distribution of COVID-19 vaccinations to anxious Americans and pass a 1.9 trillion US dollar economic relief package.
It included a blitz of executive orders on matters that don't require congressional approval — a mix of substantive and symbolic steps to unwind the Trump years.
His actions included re-entry into the Paris Climate Accords and a mandate for wearing masks on federal property.
But on the main issues like trade, relations with China and NATO, "in terms of content, I'm afraid there won't be that much change," Gienow-Hecht argued.
Leaders across the globe welcomed the arrival of US President Joe Biden and the end of the often confrontational presidency of Donald Trump, noting the world's most pressing problems, including the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, require multilateral cooperation, an approach Trump ridiculed.
Berlin residents also welcomed the new administration under Biden saying they hoped that it would place the United States back on a common transaltlantic path into the future.
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