European Union chief: With friends like Trump, who needs enemies

  • European Union chief: With friends like Trump, who needs enemies

European Union chief: With friends like Trump, who needs enemies

The head of the European Council Donald Tusk on Twitter said that the recent decisions of the US President Donald trump has helped the EU to get rid of all illusions.

It is further said to be forming a united European front against the USA in response to leaving the Iran nuclear deal and imposition of trade tariffs on Europe.

Their show of unity comes after European Union president Donald Tusk lashed out at Trump, saying that "looking at the latest decisions of President Trump, someone could even think with friends like that who needs enemies".

Observers believe that the EU- Western Balkan Summit, which was supposed to bid to foster closer ties with their Balkan counterparts and to keep Russian Federation out of their backyard, was hijacked by the transatlantic rift caused by United States withdrawal from Iran deal. Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate change accord and the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran threaten Europe's own foreign policy, which was long complementary to Washington's.

"I have no doubt that in the new global game, Europe will either be one of the major players, or a pawn".

The EU's hopes have been complicated by the fact that European companies would also be exposed to U.S. sanctions imposed on anyone doing business in Iran. "This is the only real alternative".

On Iran, the leaders expressed backing for a plan including "EU support for JCPoA, as long as Iran respects the deal", the source said, referring to the deal's formal name, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

European Union Council President Donald Tusk said the EU must be more united than ever before to deal with what he called Trump's "capricious assertiveness".

French President Emmanuel Macron has tried to charm Trump but that failed to prevent Washington last week from abandoning the Iran deal, which seeks to curb Tehran's nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief.

Mr Tusk said the United States appeared to be hesitating in hitting European companies doing business in Iran with sanctions, but the bloc still needed to be ready to protect its interests.

"Despite all the difficulties we have these days, the transatlantic relations are and will remain of outstanding importance", Merkel told the German parliament.

On trade, the EU leaders agreed to "strengthen" the European Commission as it seeks to negotiate a permanent exemption from USA tariffs on metal and aluminium that are due to take effect on June 1, the source said. "It is absurd to even think that the European Union could be a threat to the US".

The EU has called for "utmost restraint" after Israeli forces killed 60 Palestinians during clashes and protests along the Gaza border against the opening of the USA embassy in Jerusalem, in the conflict's bloodiest day in years.