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

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

That came a day after many European newspapers featured dueling photographs on their front pages: the beaming visage of first daughter Ivanka Trump opening the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, and the smoky carnage an hour's drive away in Gaza, where scores of Palestinian protesters were killed by the Israeli military.

Earlier Xinhua reported that European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini will launch an intensive discussion over how to maintain economic relations and effective banking transactions with Iran in the context of renewed USA sanctions on Iran. But U.S. clout in worldwide trade and finance limits their scope for action.

"The extra-territorial dimension of USA sanctions is unacceptable. The EU can't compel or really protect the private sector", Sanam Vakil, associate fellow at Chatham House said of Total's announcement.

Tusk's comments came as the European Union heads of state meet in the Bulgarian capital Sofia on Wednesday and Thursday to explore options to keep the Iran nuclear deal afloat and respond to possible USA tariffs on aluminum and steel.

Danish oil product shipping operator Maersk Tankers said it would wind down its customer agreements in Iran by November, while German insurer Allianz said on Tuesday it was preparing to wind down Iran-related business.

'I want leaders to reconfirm that the European Union sticks to the deal as long as Iran does.

"The world is in disorder", European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker declared on Wednesday (16 May). He said Europe didn't need enemies when it had friends like the United States.

'This agreement is everything other than ideal, but Iran is, according to all the knowledge of the worldwide nuclear authorities, sticking to the commitments of the agreement, ' stated Merkel.

Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate change accord and the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran threaten Europe's own foreign policy, which was long complementary to Washington's.

They tasked experts with coming up with measures for a meeting of their deputies in Vienna next week.

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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.

Altmaier said the Europeans should discuss this regardless of any exemption.

The threat posed by Donald Trump's administration has been likened to that of China and Russian Federation by Donald Tusk as he condemned the US's withdrawal from the Iran deal and threat of a transatlantic trade war.

"Looking at the latest decisions of Donald Trump, someone could even think: with friends like that, who needs enemies", Tusk told reporters in English ahead of a summit in Sofia, Bulgaria.

But, Nigel warned Tusk he had bigger problems to worry about following news two populist parties in Italy had agreed a deal on most of their coalition programme. But Trump has also lambasted his European peers for not spending enough on defence, raising doubts among many in Europe about his commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and Europe's broader security.

"There is no possibility to have a vision of the EU-US relationship as long as Trump is here", he told this website.

"One thing very clear to us Europeans is that with the nuclear deal in place, we have better chance to address any other issue we have with Iran", she said. The meeting is due on May 25.

Iran said the new USA sanctions were an attempt to derail efforts to save the nuclear deal.

The German chancellor has also voiced her anger at President Trump, and said earlier this week that while the deal was not optimal it did serve a purpse.

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