Europe has been destabilized by Trump, who is out on the offensive to detonate the EU and conclude bilateral trade agreements.
Yesterday afternoon in Malta, the 27 countries met without Great Britain. The latter has already concluded a bilateral agreement with Washington for the after Brexit era, Theresa May only attended half summit. The 27 sought an answer, which should materialize between the summit in early March, and the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, to be held on March 25th in the Italian capital.
There is the issue of the Ambassador Trump wants to send to Brussels, Ted Malloch. He dreams of detonating the EU, as he claims to have done with the USSR.
There is the issue of Iran, which for now remains pending. Later this month, vice-president Mike Pence will be received in Brussels.
There are several fault lines. The Franco-German tandem holds for now, but it shows signs of weakness. East and West are increasingly distant, but some countries, like the Netherlands, ask for prudence in the first approaches with the new US administration.
Poland’s Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, had sent a letter to member countries in preparation to the Malta Summit, evoking the “threat” posed by Trump, but yesterday he eased on the criticism, under Warsaw’s pressure.
Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the Commission, thinks that there is still “a space to explain” to Trump, who “does not know the details of the EU, while in the EU, the details are important.”