European Union chief Donald Tusk hit out today at “worrying” statements by the administration of Donald Trump, saying Washington’s new stance was among a series of “threats”, along with China, Russia and radical Islam.
In the letter to European Union heads of state and government ahead of a summit on Friday, Tusk also warned member countries against anti-EU sentiment, saying the disintegration of the bloc wouldn’t lead to full sovereignty for nations but would force their “real and factual” dependence on the U.S., Russian Federation and China. In Tusk’s opinion, the greatest threats are the rise of China, the aggressive policy of Russian Federation towards its neighbours, as well as radical Islam which feeds anarchy in the Middle East and Africa. “Particularly the change in Washington puts the European Union in a hard situation; with the new administration seeming to put into question the last 70 years of American foreign policy”, Tusk wrote later referencing fears of rising nationalism and an E.U. disintegration following the U.K.’s impending departure, Brexit, as contributing to his worries. “Particularly the change in Washington puts the European Union in a hard situation; with the new administration seeming to put into question the last 70 years of American foreign policy”, he wrote in a letter before leading a summit in Malta.
“The first threat, an external one, is related to the new geopolitical situation in the world and around Europe”, the letter said.
According to Tusk, the new U.S. administration seems to have “put into question the last 70 years of American foreign policy”.
“Only together can we be fully independent”, he said.
The European Council president also listed an “assertive China” and “Russia’s aggressive polic [ies]” also other global woes facing the EU.
The Polish ex-premier was not shy about demanding assertive, albeit spectacular steps that would change inspire and revive aspirations to take European integration to the next level. Therefore, let us have the courage to be proud of our own achievements, which have made our continent the best place on Earth.