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Trump helped Europe lose its illusions - Tusk

Trump helped Europe lose its illusions - Tusk

In his letter, Tusk also warned against the USA negotiating new trade tariffs on steel and aluminum, saying that the European Union would "stick to its guns" on keeping deals current.

Tusk's remarks, made before he chaired a meeting in Bulgaria of the 28 leaders whose countries make up the world's biggest trading bloc, underscored the widening gulf in EU-U.S. relations. Some EU leaders have made a direct link between the move and the killing of nearly 60 Palestinians during protests on the Gaza border.

That came a day after many European newspapers featured dueling photographs on their front pages: the beaming visage of first daughter Ivanka Trump opening the new US Embassy in Jerusalem, and the smoky carnage an hour's drive away in Gaza, where scores of Palestinian protesters were killed by the Israeli military.

Looking at the latest decisions of President Trump someone could even think 'with friends like that who needs enemies?'

"The world is in disorder", European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker declared on Wednesday (16 May). Rutte added that friendship with the United States remains important.

Iran has said it may start enriching uranium again if it can no longer see any economic benefit from sticking to the deal, which lifted earlier worldwide sanctions on the Islamic Republic in exchange for it curbing its nuclear ambitions.

European Council President Donald Tusk urged the EU to "speak with one voice" in maintaining the nuclear deal with Iran.

Soros foundation to shut its office in 'repressive' Hungary
Rights groups in Hungary and overseas have denounced the proposals as a way of cracking down on groups critical of the government. Earlier against Soros and his Foundation in Hungary was launched large-scale campaign.

Pompeo: US hopes to have North Korea as 'close partner' not enemy
He may propose some kind of peace plan (less than a treaty) between North and South Korea that doesn't require denuclearization. When he was asked about how he was treated by the North Korean regime, Kim replied, "We were treated in many different ways".

Boeing to consult with US on 'next steps' after Trump's Iran move
The plane orders were sorely needed to overhaul Iran's outdated fleet, after a series of air accidents that called into question the safety of its airlines' operations.

British, French and German foreign ministers vowed to try to keep Iran's oil and investment flowing after a meeting with their Iranian counterpart on Tuesday but admitted they would struggle to provide the guarantees Tehran seeks.

Tusk said earlier that it was "absurd to even think that the European Union could be a threat to the US" in terms of trade. Tusk told a news conference.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel echoed his remarks. "Because there is a striking contrast between, on the one hand, an inauguration in great splendor, with smiles, and on the other hand, the drama, and families today that are in mourning with innocent children who are the victims of this situation", Michel told state broadcaster RTBF.

They also agreed to "initiate work to protect European companies negatively affected by the United States decision", which involves Washington reimposing sanctions on the Iranian nuclear programme.

Mr Tusk said the USA appeared to be hesitating in hitting European companies doing business in Iran with sanctions, but the bloc still needed to be ready to protect its interests.

The French energy giant Total said Wednesday that it will cease operations in Iran by November in order to avoid USA sanctions, while the Danish shipping firm Maersk and German insurer Alianz also have signaled their intentions of pulling out of Iran unless the companies secure tariff exemptions from Washington. "The Iranian nation will resist the USA plots", Iranian news agencies quoted Rohani as saying.

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