European Union chief Tusk asks: 'With friends like Trump, who needs enemies?'

EU Must Defend Firms against US Iran Sanctions: Macron

Europe will defend its companies in Iran despite threat of US sanctions – Macron

On Friday, the European Commission is slated to kick off the process of activating a law that bans European companies from complying with USA sanctions against Iran. Photo: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst The strain now being placed on the historic relationship between the western European states and the U.S was highlighted by the former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson who was USA secretary of state before being fired over Twitter by President Trump.

The decision came after member states agreed unanimously to stick to the Iran nuclear deal after President Trump's withdrawal.

EU President Donald Tusk renewed attacks on him. I think the real geopolitical problem is when you have not an unpredictable opponent, the problem is when your closest friend is unpredictable. Tusk told a news conference. "It's not a joke, this is the essence of our problem today on the other side of the Atlantic".

President of the European Council Donald Tusk says the EU will continue fighting for the rules-based global system, despite recent USA decisions on climate change, tariffs and on Iran.

"International companies with interests in many countries make their own choices according to their own interests".

The European Union is calling for an end to U.S. President Donald Trump's threats to slap tariffs on EU steel exports as a new deadline looms for the duties to enter force.

Macron spoke as the Commission, which negotiates trade matters on behalf of the bloc, published a law preparing retaliation.

It was also ready to "improve reciprocal market access, for industrial products, including amongst others cars, and liberalisation of public procurement".

As European powers and Tehran committed to keep working together to rescue the 2015 deal, the hawkish White House National Security Adviser, John Bolton said it's "possible" the United States would impose sanctions on European companies that continue to do business with Iran. "We have pledged to take necessary political steps for our companies to stay in Iran".

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