Britain, France both snub EU’s ’emergency’ meeting on Trump election

Britain, France both snub EU’s ’emergency’ meeting on Trump election
European Commission HQ, Brussels. (Image: Am9io Cajander via Wikimedia Commons, Flickr: https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18295545)

[Ed. – This will be more about a tacit rebuke to Germany than anything else.  It was silly to have such a meeting, and Merkel should have known better than to go along with it.  That said, it’s as much worrisome as interesting — that is, a little bit, at least right now — to see the old lines of political bifurcation open a tad further in the Old Continent.]

Britain and France on Sunday night snubbed a contentious EU emergency meeting to align the bloc’s approach to Donald Trump’s election, exposing rifts in Europe over the US vote.

Hailed by diplomats as a chance to “send a signal of what the EU expects” from Mr Trump, the plan fell into disarray after foreign ministers from the bloc’s two main military powers declined to attend the gathering demanded by Berlin and Brussels. …

The split in Europe highlights the difficulties European capitals face in co-ordinating a response to Mr Trump, who has questioned the US’s commitments to Nato and free trade and hinted at seeking a rapprochement with Russian president Vladimir Putin. …

The German foreign minister had wanted to demonstrate that the EU was capable of rapid response when it came to foreign policy. Instead the disarray highlighted a familiar problem for Berlin, according to diplomats. “When the EU’s most powerful country wants to lead, other member states don’t necessarily follow,” said one EU diplomat.

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