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Monday, 14 May 2018

European leaders say can no longer trust in US

Por Olivia Rosario Rodríguez

The leaders met in the German city of Aachen where French President Emmanuel Macron received the Charlemagne Prize for his vision of a new Europe. King Felipe VI of Spain and the Ukraine’s president, Petró Poroshenko, participated in the meeting. On the occasion, Merkel and Macron offered statements about president Donald Trump's decision to abandon the nuclear agreement with Iran, in a fairly high tone.

The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, attacked this Thursday in Aachen with unusual hardness against the US president, Donald Trump, and his decision to leave the nuclear agreement with Teheran, something terrible to maintain peace in the Middle East. The politician said that there are conflicts at the gates of Europe and the time in which they could trust the US is over.

On the other hand, Macron seconded the reaction saying that some powers have decided to break his word, and they are facing great threats. The president continued his idea expressing that Europe has the duty to maintain peace and stability in the región.

The reaction was expected because the withdrawal of the US from the nuclear agreement left the companies of the old continent exposed to sanctions, also caused an increase in oil prices and revived the tensions in the Middle East.

Although the European Union has been trying for several days to minimize the impact of this affront through diplomatic channels, Angela Merkel broke the silence and said that Europe can no longer trust the United States and must take its destiny with its own hands. The chancellor added that they can not let others - in an obvious reference to Washington - decide for them.

So far, the EU is waiting for Washington to offer some way out of the agreement with Iran, in order to avoid dire consequences, just like they did with the trade pact with Canada and Mexico, but it is a fact that good relations between the US and Europe, after 70 years, came to an end.

What analysts said were just populist words of Donald Trump against Europe, aiming to win the presidential elections, became a reality. Since his arrival in the Oval Office, the controversial American president, dynamited the Paris climate agreement, declared NATO obsolete and, finally, broke the agreement with Iran, a superb attack against European interests. But, still worse, it is a slam to geopolitics and global security.

Let's see what the next step is.