European Union leaders presented a determined line against US President Donald Trump's threats to punish EU companies and fight Iran's nuclear deal.
At a dinner in the Bulgarian capital Sofia, the 28 leaders were in the face of what EU President Donald Tusk called the "capricious enforcement" of the Trump government In the trade all agreed to support the European Commission's insistence that it will not negotiate, unless the US grants a permanent exemption on steel and aluminum, according to one EU official present. Tusk told leaders that despite the recent US decisions on climate change, tariffs and Iran, the EU will continue to fight for the rules-based international system.
Europe's mood is set to close the ranks and maintain its own position before the shock of Trump's "America First" agenda. The transatlantic tensions came to a head after the US president announced last week that he was withdrawing from the groundbreaking Iranian nuclear deal that the other signatories to Russia, China, France, Germany and the UK say with the EU
"Europe must do everything to protect the transatlantic link, despite today's mood, "Tusk said Wednesday in Sofia. "At the same time, we also need to be prepared for scenarios in which we have to act ourselves."
Leaders such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed that the Commission was the EU. Www.eu2006.gv.at/de/News/Speeches_I … The executive is ready to discuss trade issues with the US, including the deepening of energy ties and the reform of the World Trade Organization, once a permanent waiver has been obtained, the official said. The bloc would also discuss WTO-compatible ways to improve mutual market access for industrial products, including cars, to avoid a trade war.
Merkel, Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May were to inform their leaders about Iran after they failed to convince him to stay with Trump. The EU has agreed to begin work to protect European companies affected by the US decision to withdraw and sanction sanctions, while expressing concerns about the Iranian missile program and a broader role in the Middle East.
The EU's proposals to date are the most powerful in dealing with the US, whose withdrawal from the 201
The EU has been discussing the introduction of a so-called "Blocking Statute" designed to protect European companies doing business with Iran. The bloc last threatened to do so when Bill Clinton's government resigned in 1996 and agreed to waive sanctions for curbing foreign investment in Cuba, Iran and Libya.
The proposed EU action does not guarantee the agreement However, the US Treasury Department believes that companies with existing contracts will have 90 to 180 days to free themselves from their business in Iran before being prosecuted ,
"Which company is risking access to the US market?" That's 100 times bigger, "said Ardavan Amir-Alsani, a Paris-based lawyer specializing in Iran, in an interview Iran vote for the US. The deal is dead. "
The EU leaders who met in Sofia before the summit on Thursday agreed to keep the agreement while Iran stands by its side. I do not want this agreement to be destroyed because it is important for the preservation of peace in the region and also for peace throughout the world, "said Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker earlier in Brussels.
– With support from Richard Bravo, Elizabeth Konstantinova, Slaw Okov, Arne Delfs, Birgit Jennen, Gordana Filipovic and Andrea Dudik