Christiano Ronaldo, Joe Biden, Winston Churchill discussed on All Things Considered


Solving previously unsolvable problems. C three AI From NPR news. This is all things considered. I'm Ailsa Chang in Los Angeles. And I'm Mary Louise Kelly In Washington. Some 80 years ago, a British prime minister and an American president met on a ship. And signed a charter that would lay out the principles for how things should look after the Second World War. This is a meeting, which marks forever in the Patriots of history. Taking up by the English speaking nations. With all this burial to mouth and confusion. Of the guidance of the fortunes. Of the broad toiling masses in all the confident that, of course, was Winston Churchill, speaking after his meeting with Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Some historians like to say their partnership saved the world and there were some echoes back to that today when President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met for the first time in a seaside town in England, NPR White House correspondent Franco Ordonez was there, Franco Hey, Mary Louise. All right, tell us about this meeting. Well, you know, the leaders agreed to a new version, an updated version of that famous Atlantic charter that Churchill and FDR signed. And with this document, Biden to Johnson are sort of casting themselves in the position of being champions of democracy, you know, fighting against those who undermine it, and together fighting problems like climate change in Covid 19. But this meeting today it was actually fairly modest in scale. They looked at a copy of the original charter under glass and exchanged some brief pleasantries. But most other meeting was behind closed doors. Brief pleasantries. I wonder, Were you able to get any sense of their relationship because Boris Johnson, of course, was very friendly with Biden's rival for the presidency with the former president Donald Trump. Yeah. Trump once called him Britain Trump, and he meant that as a compliment. Johnson, of course, was a champion of Brexit. Biden was against Brexit and Biden is all about rebuilding global alliances, You know, not breaking them up, but they have some common ground in their political role models buying often talks about FDR's policies for rebuilding America, and Johnson wrote a book about Churchill and today they agreed on the broad principles. We talked about the shared sacrifices. Our service members have made bravely serving side by side in Afghanistan for close to 20 years. UK was with us from the start as they always are equally committed. Rooting out terrorist threat. And now we're coordinating withdrawal together. And of course, he talked about how our two nations can together. Lee the global fight against Covid 19. So that was Biden today. What did we hear from the prime Minister? Well, you know, that's the funny thing, Biden said. They had a productive meeting and they discussed a range of issues, but they didn't give joint remarks afterward. Biden just gave us small update. You know, during remarks about his own plans to address the global pandemic, you know, his focus was on his new promise to give vaccines to countries that can't afford to buy on them. And he said, We can expect the G seven leaders to talk more about their plans to help the world recover from the pandemic tomorrow. Another point of tension between these two has been Northern Ireland. Did that come up? Yeah, it's a sensitive issue, but it was part of their written statement afterward, the leaders said they are committed to the good Friday agreement that it's a deal brokered by the US that helped establish peace in Northern Ireland for a couple of decades now. Now. Brexit has renewed some tensions there because Northern Ireland is part of the UK and when the Republic of Ireland remains part of the European Union, and But as a candidate, Joe Biden has warned that any threat to the good Friday agreement could ruin chances for a trade deal. So lots to watch their to NPR's Franco or Dhoni is traveling with the president. Thanks, Franco. Thank you. Europe's soccer championship Euro 2020 kicks off tomorrow. That's right. Even though the current year's 2021 the championship was postponed due to the pandemic and is now being played almost exactly one year late here with a preview of the tournament is CBS Sports HQ analyst Luis Miguel Echegaray. Welcome. Thank you so much for having me on the show. I am such a big fan. Thank you for saying that we'll just to start out. Can you just lay out? Out for our listeners. What exactly is the Euro 2020 Championship. So basically, the European Championship is your World Cup equivalent of the European competition. So all the major European natures that qualify to the tournament just like at the World Cup, you have to qualify. They are now a tournament and because of the pandemic. Obviously, some of these countries are not able to host anymore, but you still have the likes of London and Wembley. Of course, Budapest as well, uh, some areas as well in Italy, Rome, Of course, a different nations will be hosting the tournament. So as this inter Continental European soccer extravaganza, it's the World Cup of Europe. All right, so let's get into the actual teams here. France I understand is coming in as World Cup champions. And if they win the tournament this year, they will be the first country to achieve what's called double double championships. Twice. How well positioned are they to do that this summer? Also, this is a ridiculous squad. I mean, you know, if you're not a soccer fan, imagine the greatest Laker steam or the You know the Patriots and times it by three their bench. Their substitute could probably get to the final by themselves the issue with France. Is always going to be at the back defensively and also their group. Their in group F. This is a tough group because it has France, Germany, Portugal as well. So getting through that one will be tricky. But France's most definitely if not one, another favorites, the favorite to win it, and I hear that we're all watching Christiano Ronaldo from Portugal to break the all time international goal scoring record. How does the rest of the team look? Portugal is not just about Christianity. And although this is a very good team, by the way, the defending champions and the European Championships, they have a tremendous, tremendous squad, and they're kind of that team that just likes to. You know, there's that famous Mike Tyson quote right where it says everybody has a plan until you punch them in the face. Portugal is that Mike Tyson quote. They don't care who you are. How many talented players you have. They will punch you in the face and And I'm hearing a lot of hype around in England come back, especially from the last tournament when Iceland took them down by surprise. How do things look for England? This time? I also England it's coming home. As everybody knows, This is a tremendous squad. A lot of talent. The question is, Can they answer that hype? Because you know they they haven't won anything since the World Cup in 1966. So this is a moment for Gareth Southgate, the manager and is tremendous talented squad. The question with England will always be Do they have the guy'll? Do they have the resiliency to go all the way? How about any teams that could see a possible surprise run this year like the next Iceland? Denmark is really intriguing. They are very good. Very experienced there. Also tall as well, like the majority of the class, like six ft two. They're like giants, but I'm gonna give you two more. One of them is Turkey. My God, This is such a fun team. If you watch the Eurovision Song contest, by the way, you know how musically interesting these nations can be. They've done a promotional song for the European Championships. I recommend everybody to try and Google searches, But Turkey is young. They don't care who you are, and they're just a fun team and the other one is Bonnie, Scotland, laddie. Scotland to me is the fun team and really, really good Scotland Just give you the this sort of like unity. This collective resiliency there like your blue collar type of squat that you know they were just going to try and make the most of it. Those are teams that I'm really looking out for his dark horses. Luis Miguel 80 Garai, host of CBS Sports Premium Soccer Podcast K. Glaus. Oh, thank you so.

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