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January 18, 2013

The Bidens are bound for Europe, meetings with world leaders

He negotiated a comprise to avert the fiscal cliff, developed an aggressive package of gun control measures -- and now vice president Joe Biden is off to meet with world leaders across Europe.

The White House says Biden and his wife, Jill, in early February, will travel to Germany, France, and the United Kingdom. The trip comes as speculation ramps up that Biden will launch a third presidential bid in 2016.

In Germany, the White House says he'll meet in Berlin with Chancellor Angela Merkel and deliver remarks at the Munich Security Conference, which he addressed in 2009 at the beginning of the administration's first term. 

In Paris, Biden will meet with President François Hollande and members of the French government. In London, he'll meet with Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, and other Cabinet members.

The White House says that "at all stops, the Vice President will discuss with key leaders a full range of bilateral, regional and global issues."

Biden today was meeting with Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy at the White House.


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The truth really is that Joe Biden is a very quiet and unassuming achiever. His synergy with President Obama is unbelievable. It shows in the many White House photographs published in flicker. He had an undeserved disrespect from Israeli leaders on his first foreign relations trip overseas but that has not in any way diminished his standing internationally.

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