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

17 May 2018
With friends like Trump, who needs enemies — European Union chief

European Council President Donald Tusk urged the EU to "speak with one voice" in maintaining the nuclear deal with Iran.

Earlier, the EU high representative for the common foreign and security policy Federica Mogherini said that the European Union together with Britain, France and Germany support further implementation of the nuclear agreement with Iran, despite the USA decision to withdraw from it.

"Looking at the latest decisions of Trump, someone could even think: With friends like that, who needs enemies?" said Tusk to reporters.

The transatlantic rift has hijacked the agenda of a summit on Thursday at which the European Union leaders will meet their Balkan counterparts in a bid to foster closer ties and keep Russian Federation out of their backyard.

May 8 US President, trump announced the withdrawal from the agreement on Iran's nuclear program and has announced new sanctions against the Iranian regime. "This is the only real alternative".

Trump's moving of the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem this week has also upset many in the European Union, though the European Union has failed to condemn the move squarely over opposition from the Czech Republic and Hungary that hold a strongly pro-Israeli stance.

Tusk said he wanted the European leaders to "reconfirm" that they will stay in the Iran deal, as long as Tehran respects it - although Europe must now find a way to make up for the U.S. sanctions on Iran that Trump will reactivate.

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.

The letter appeared to confirm fears that pulling out of the Iran deal, which was strongly supported by European leaders like French president Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, could cause a rift in the relationship between the United States and long-standing allies. "I want the European Commission to be given a green light, so it is ready to act when European interests are affected", he added.

Merkel however said earlier that Europe had no choice but to stick with the ties that have bound it to Washington since World War II. And my objective is simple: we stick to our guns, ' stated Tusk.

On trade, the EU leaders agreed to "strengthen" the European Commission as it seeks to negotiate a permanent exemption from United States 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 United States", he continued. This decision led to clashes between Palestinians and Israeli military in the Gaza strip, during which killed 59 people, reminiscent of "Bagnet".