US, EU on Verge of Breakup
US, EU on Verge of Breakup as Macron and Merkel Vow to Counter Anti-Iran Move
The US president has made several recent moves that negatively affect the economies of European countries, despite constant pleas by the Europeans to avoid such moves. Now, prominent EU leaders are raising the question of greater European independence from the US.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Macron met in Aachen to discuss pertinent European issues, including the threat to its economy posed by the recent actions of Washington. Both have spoken in favor of making Europe stronger and less dependent on the US, on which they believe they can no longer rely.
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The French president expressed his opinion that no other country should have power over a state’s sovereign matters.
“If we accept that other major powers, including allies […] put themselves in a situation to decide our diplomacy, security for us, and sometimes even make us run the worst risks, then we are no more sovereign and we cannot be more credible to public opinion,” Macron said.
As if US threats to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum from Europe to improve the trade balance were not enough, the US has announced its withdrawal from the JCPOA (also known as the Iran deal). This means not that only will the US impose sanctions against Iran, but it will also impose them against companies (for example European ones), that have business ties with the Islamic Republic.