BERLIN – Germany’s new foreign minister says that Europe’s response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s “America First” strategy should be “Europe United,” Fox News reports.
“The European Union should strive for a “balanced partnership” with the United States. This means working with Washington where possible, filling voids in areas where the U.S. is withdrawing and pushing back where America is seen as crossing red lines.” ~ Heiko Maas Germany’s new foreign minister
Speaking Wednesday in Berlin, Mass said the EU should also increasingly move toward majority and away from unanimous decision-making, which encourages foreign powers to try to split the bloc.
Maas also called for the EU to strengthen its outreach to former Soviet republics, and said Germany and France can be the driving force in reforming Europe, US News reported
France, Britain, Germany, Russia and China want to preserve the JCPOA, which limits Iran’s nuclear activities in return for lifting international sanctions, and seek a way to keep Iran at the negotiating table.
Rouhani said Europeans must financially compensate Iran if they want to preserve the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), following President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the deal and restore sanctions, Breitbart reported.
“We must not let this great achievement of diplomacy be destroyed by others’ unilateral actions, which are unfaithful to their promises.” ~
Rouhani blasted President trump and stated that Iran no longer recognizes the United States.
“From this moment on, the JPOA (nuclear agreement) is between Iran and five countries. The plus one no longer exists and under these circumstances we have to wait and see how these six countries will react to this agreement.”
A united Europe that stands with Iran nuclear deal over the United States, seems to me, is taking a stand against the United States and President Trump.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.