Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Tusk: US helps European Union to get rid of illusions

Tusk even compared the US administration to Europe’s traditional foes Moscow and Beijing Tusk even compared the US administration to Europe’s traditional foes Moscow and Beijing
Deanna Wagner | 17 May, 2018, 03:34

European leaders said in this article, concerned about the rhetoric trump, his "capricious insistence", and the contradictory statements of the American leader.

The bloc's leaders will hope to present a united front against Mr Trump in response to his decision on the Iran nuclear deal and trade tariffs. "But at the same time, we must be prepared for those scenarios, where we will have to act on our own", said Tusk, a former Polish prime minister.

"Looking at the latest decisions of President Trump, someone could even think that with friends like this, we need enemies", Reuters cited the European Council President as saying.

"Europe should be grateful for President Trump because thanks to him we have got rid of all illusions" that the European Union can rely on others for help, Tusk added. "He made us realize that if you need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of your arm". Tensions came to a head with the USA president's decision announced last week to pull out of the landmark Iran nuclear accord which the remaining signatories-Russia, China, France, Germany and the United Kingdom, along with the EU-say is working and they will strive to keep in place.

The leaders will also discuss Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs, which could be slapped on the European Union after June 1.

"I have no doubt that in the new global game", Tusk said, "Europe will either be one of the major players or will be a pawn". "This is the only real alternative". The Europeans, majority USA allies in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, say they pose no security threat and that it is simply an excuse to break with the rules-based order of the World Trade Organization. Therefore US tariffs can not be justified on the basis of national security.

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Speaking to lawmakers in Paris on Wednesday, France's junior minister for Europe, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, said the U.S. behaviour meant it was time that Europe stood up for itself. "It's a moment of truth for Europe", he said.

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

Nigel Farage issued some words of advice to the EU's Donald Tusk after his outburst against Donald Trump today.

They backed plans to offer concessions if the USA gives Europe a permanent exemption from the tariffs, but added that the "EU will not negotiate with a gun at its head".

Behind their message of unity and firmness, some member states seem open to tolerating limited quotas from the United States on metals imports while others want a harder line, diplomats said. And Mr. Trump's decisions to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and to move the United States Embassy to the holy city were made despite European opposition. Some EU leaders have made a direct link between the move and the killing of nearly 60 Palestinians during protests on the Gaza border.