Trump helped Europe lose its illusions - Tusk

Trump helped Europe lose its illusions - Tusk

Trump helped Europe lose its illusions - Tusk

European Council President Donald Tusk criticised United States president Donald Trump for withdrawing from the Iran deal and imposing steel and aluminium tariffs on the EU, citing the "capricious assertiveness of the USA administration", Politico reports.

The 28 anxious EU leaders are gathering in the Bulgarian capital for discussions over dinner on Wednesday on how to salvage the nuclear deal and European business dealings with Iran from Trump's sanctions and how to avoid a trade war in an escalating tariff dispute with the United States.

"Given the recent decisions of the President trump, you would think, with such friends don't need enemies", - said Tusk.

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 USA withdrawal from Iran deal.

Trump has placed import duties of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminium on grounds of national security, but has temporarily exempted European Union producers until June 1, depending on the outcome of talks.

"I would like our debate to reconfirm without any doubt that as long as Iran respects the provisions of the deal, the European Union will also respect it", Tusk said at a press confrerence. "This is the only real alternative".

In order to be the subject and not the object of global politics, Europe must be united economically, politically and also militarily like never before.

Trump helped Europe lose its illusions - Tusk
Trump helped Europe lose its illusions - Tusk

White House National Security Adviser John Bolton indicated on Sunday that the USA would be willing to impose sanctions on any European companies that continue to work or do business with Iran.

"The EU will continue fighting for a rules-based worldwide system despite recent decisions on climate change, tariffs and Iran", the source said after the leaders met over dinner in Sofia.

French President Emmanuel Macron has tried to charm Trump but that failed to prevent Trump from abandoning the Iran deal last week, which seeks to stop Tehran from obtaining an atomic weapon.

The 28 leaders will also discuss the deaths of dozens of Palestinians in Gaza after Trump moved the United States embassy to Jerusalem, in another move that the Europeans had strongly opposed.

Merkel however said that Europe had no choice but to stick with the ties that have bound it to Washington since World War II. She said, "Despite all the difficulties we have these days, the transatlantic relations are and will remain of outstanding importance".

They backed plans to offer concessions if the U.S. gives Europe a permanent exemption from the tariffs, but added that the "EU will not negotiate with a gun at its head". "It is absurd to even think that the European Union could be a threat to the United States", he continued.

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