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'Difficult moment' in EU-US relations as EU congratulates Trump

09 November 2016, 13:13 CET
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'Difficult moment' in EU-US relations as EU congratulates Trump

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(BRUSSELS) - The presidents of the European Union three main institutions congratulated Donald Trump Wednesday on his election as the next President of the United States.

Conceding that this was a "difficult moment in the relationship between the United States and the European Union", amid widespread concerns about protectionism and the treatment of minorities, European Parliament president Martin Schulz said that "the freely-elected president of the United States deserves the full respect of the institutions of the European Union".

Despite the worries, president Schulz and EU Council president Donald Trump and Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said in a statement that it was now more important than ever to strengthen transatlantic relations and cooperate on common challenges: "Only by cooperating closely can the EU and the US continue to make a difference when dealing with unprecedented challenges such as Da'esh, the threats to Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, climate change and migration."

Presidents Tusk and Juncker called for an early EU – US Summit to "chart the course of our relations for the next four years".

They would strive to ensure that "the ties that bind us remain strong and durable". They also looked to moving forward with negotiations on the huge transatlantic trade deal which has hit the buffers recently, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, as well as "EU – US collaboration on facing threats to security in Europe's Eastern and Southern neighbourhoods".

On the various concerns expressed widely in Europe about Trump the man, EP president Martin Schulz voiced an expectation now that Donald Trump the president wil be different from Donald Trump the campaigner.

Mr Schulz praised the "wonderful constitution" of the United States, "which guarantees rights to every citizen regardless of race, sex, religion and colour". He said that "every president elected on the basis of the constitution is obliged to respect all these rights".

As these were the values on which the EU was created, he said that they could form the basis of cooperation and that there would be "no problem" working on this basis.

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Posted by LYN WICK at 09 November 2016, 15:21 CET
Democracy is wonderful , Donald does not approve of the way the world is developing and he will halt it ,he will stop any war with Russia ,they will join for defeat of ISIS .UK BREXIT we are leaving the single market ,we are leaving EU control .Life is so good at the moment .EU want trade ,then we will consider it USA/UK .

Trump wins...

Posted by Demir Arabaci at 09 November 2016, 19:28 CET

First in Canada and now in the USA the horsethief micks have deservedly been kicked out.
Isn't life wonderful?

'Difficult moment' in EU-US relations as EU congratulates Trump

Posted by Mentors House at 30 January 2017, 10:12 CET
Trump supporters in the US and in Europe began celebrating at about 5:30am Brussels time in an outcome that plunges world affairs into uncertainty.

The celebrations came when the state of Florida chose the Republican Party candidate, a volatile property tycoon, over the Democratic Party’s Hillary Clinton, a former secretary of state.

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The result was confirmed at 8:35am, when Trump crossed the finishing line with 276 votes in the so-called electoral college.

He sounded a conciliatory note in his victory speech despite having run a divisive campaign.

“We will get along with all other nations, willing to get along with us”, he said.

“While we will always put America’s interests first, we will deal fairly with everyone … we will seek common ground, not hostility, partnership, not conflict”, he added.

At the US mission to the EU in Brussels, Anthony Gardner, the ambassador, said: “I believe in the power of this US-EU relationship to do good in the world. That won’t change. I continue believing in that.”