European Union talks reveal differences over Russian Federation, climate and trade
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 23:16
Nonetheless, European Council President Donald Tusk indicated, there was something less than a meeting of minds on trade and other issues - despite the cordiality of Trump's welcome at the new EU building which the former Polish premier informed him was popularly known as "Tusk Tower" in a nod to the former real estate developer's signature NY headquarters.
Tusk and Juncker will tell the USA president that since last year's shock Brexit vote, the European Union is "in a completely different place" after populist anti-EU candidates lost in France and the Netherlands, a senior European Union official said. "And we will win this fight", said Trump Wednesday after meeting Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, whose own country suffered Islamic State suicide attacks in March 2016. We have an extremely large agenda to discuss: "the fight against terrorism, the economy, climate and energy".
That unprecedented one-two punch from a president in his first major speech in Europe further rattled a continent anxious about Trump's commitment to their bonds and reeling from another deadly terror attack.
Talks toward a planned EU-US free trade agreement have been put on hold since Trump's election victory on a more protectionist platform last November.
The meeting took place at the EU's new "Europa" headquarters in Brussels, ahead of a summit of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders at the military alliance's headquarters in the city later in the day.
"I said it was obsolete".
After the failure of negotiations on a EU-US trade deal and calls for more protectionism by the Trump administration, the EU side said on Thursday that the EU and US "can work together in multilateral forums and look into the potential of bilateral trade relations".
"This will send a strong political message of NATO's commitment to the fight against terrorism", Stoltenberg said, stressing that it would not involve the alliance in a combat role.
Pro-European chiefs have always been at odds with the nationalistic Trump regime, as they advocate single rules for multiple nations, and Mr Trump wants the USA to come first.
President Donald Trump vowed Thursday to crack down on leaks that prompted Manchester police to withhold information from the United States about the investigation into this week's bombing.
U.S. President Donald Trump and top European Union officials didn't see eye to eye on climate, trade or Russia, European Council President Donald Tusk said after a meeting with Trump on Thursday.
Trump came to Brussels direct from a meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican, after visiting Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Palestinian Territories. He will also speak at NATO's gleaming new $1.2 billion new headquarters.
In return, the allies hope Trump will make an unequivocal and public commitment to Article 5, the alliance's one-for-all collective defence pledge. Barack Obama made a case for American involvement internationally, saying "we can't isolate ourselves, we can't hide behind a wall" in the hours before Merkel was set to meet Trump in Brussels.
Thousands took to the streets of the city to protest the arrival of the Trumps.
In the heat of the United States election campaign in 2016, Trump rankled European leaders by predicting that other countries "will leave" the EU after Britain voted to do so in June.
Trump is slated to leave Brussels late Thursday for the final piece of his trip, a two-day stay in Sicily for G-7 meetings.