Tusk: the EU Trump got rid of all illusions

Mr Tusk famously said before the 2016 US election that'one Donald in international politics is enough

US President Donald Trump arrives to pose for a family photo with participants of the G7 summit during the Summit of the Heads of State and of Government of the G7, the group of most industrialized economies, plus the European Union, on May 27, 2017 in Taormina, Sicily. But U.S. clout in worldwide trade and finance limits their scope for action.

The violence in Gaza will also be on the agenda as it was "linked to the bigger question of the consequences of the decisions of Donald Trump", an European Union official said. "The EU can't compel or really protect the private sector", Sanam Vakil, associate fellow at Chatham House said of Total's announcement.

European Union leaders will try to forge a united response at a summit today (16 May) to US President Donald Trump's shock decisions on the Iran nuclear deal and trade tariffs.

European leaders will gather in Sofia to mainly discuss the EU's commitment towards enlargement talks focused around Western Balkan regions, but the US President's actions have seemingly hijacked the agenda.

'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.

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

"I don't think we have to consider this or that, when it contravenes the laws of global trade", Macron said.

Total said it would wind down operations linked to the South Pars gas venture before November 4 unless it were granted a specific project waiver by the USA authorities, with the support of the French and European authorities.

The EU is hoping that Iran abide by the agreement as long Tehran receives the economic benefits promised in the deal.

On Wednesday evening in Sofia, EU leaders spent several hours over dinner discussing how to protect the EU's interests, after two recent decisions by United States president Donald Trump: scrapping a nuclear deal with Iran and potentially sanction European companies doing business there and threatening to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium from 1 June.




"Looking at the latest decisions of Donald Trump someone could even think: with friends like that who needs enemies".

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.

As Europeans have lost the guarantee that Trump would activate article 5 - the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation clause for mutual defence - they are focusing more on EU's own security policies, the two officials noted.

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.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel echoed his remarks.

"Despite all the difficulties we have these days, the transatlantic relations are and will remain of outstanding importance", Merkel told the German parliament.

"The extra-territorial dimension of U.S. sanctions is unacceptable".

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 United States sanctions on Iran that Trump will reactivate.

"Trump played his first card, but miscalculated the second move", Rouhani was quoted as saying by the ISNA agency.

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