Congratulations poured in for US president-elect Joe Biden from around the world, with Washington’s allies, particularly in Europe, seeing his win as a chance at a fresh start after the antagonistic years under Donald Trump.
As crowds rushed into the streets of Washington and other cities in exuberant celebration after US networks declared Biden the winner, here are some of the first reactions from across the globe:
“Congratulations!” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel. “I wish luck and success from the bottom of my heart.
“Our transatlantic friendship is irreplaceable if we want to overcome the great challenges of our times,” she said in a tweet issued by a government spokesman.
Her Foreign Minister Heiko Maas tweeted: “We want to invest in our cooperation (with the new president) for a new start in transatlantic relations, a ‘new deal’,” as Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz hailed the opening of a “new chapter”.