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

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

Donald Tusk, while addressing leaders from 28 leaders from Europe and Western Balkan countries in Bulgarian capital Sofia, prior to their Summit on Thursday, urged them to form a "united European front" against Trump's withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal and his move to impose trade tariffs on Europe.

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 United States decision to withdraw from it.

In a striking rhetorical assault on the leader of Europe's biggest ally, EU Council President Donald Tusk said, given Trump's recent decisions, "someone could even think 'with friends like that, who needs enemies?'"

However he described the European Union as a "friend and partner" and added the bloc must strive to protect transatlantic ties. "This is the only real alternative".

The EU leaders were also due to discuss the deaths of dozens of Palestinians in Gaza after Trump moved the USA embassy to Jerusalem, in another move that the Europeans had strongly opposed, but there were no details on that discussion.

European Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said the EU was willing to a so-called blocking statute that would make it illegal for European companies to comply with U.S. sanctions imposed on Iran and not recognize United States court decisions that enforce American sanctions.

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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.

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. "I want the European Commission to be given a green light, so it is ready to act when European interests are affected", he added.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has strongly backed efforts to develop a collective European approach towards Trump's unilateralism, but she told the lower house Bundestag on Wednesday she remained determined to support trans-Atlantic relations.

"Here again, unity is our greatest strength and my objective is simple - we stick to our guns".

In his letter, Tusk also warned against the US negotiating new trade tariffs on steel and aluminum, saying that the European Union would "stick to its guns" on keeping deals current.

He then noted: ' It is absurd to even think that the European Union could be a threat to the US. This decision led to clashes between Palestinians and Israeli military in the Gaza strip, during which killed 59 people, reminiscent of "Bagnet".


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