EU Expects a ‘Very Strong Partnership’ with President-elect Donald Trump

Trump argued throughout the hustings in the presidential campaign that Europe is not paying its way within the alliance and has questioned why the U.S. pays so much into an organization he described in March as “obsolete”.

The visa waiver regime allows easier access – but not the right to work – for up to 90 days in Europe’s Schengen Zone, which comprises most European Union states and several non-EU members.

They also say that while Britain has been most opposed to a larger military role, other member states – of which 22 of the EU’s 28 also belong to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation – are now being forced to come forward with their reservations.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said: “We are in an uncertain world, and it has not started with the election of Mr Trump”.

Perhaps the most pressing problem though is to understand how Trump wants to deal with Putin. ‘So we have moved a long way from the initial concerns about an European Union army.

After years of defense cuts, the Ukraine crisis shook European NATO members, leading to the continent’s biggest military build up since the end of the Cold War.

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Friday, “It’s time we snapped out of general doom and gloom about this election”, referring to Trump’s negative comments as a “collective whinge-o-rama”.

Iran deal On Iran, foreign ministers also reiterated their “resolute commitment” to last year’s historic nuclear deal, which ended years of diplomatic and economic standoff between Tehran and the West. Mr Trump threatened to unpick the deal during his presidential campaign, describing it as the “worst deal ever negotiated”.

That meant only half the EU’s members were putting up enough funds for the training and equipment that Europe needs, Fallon said. She said foreign ministers discussed possible scenarios for Turkey but reached “no conclusion”.

Top European Union ministers gathered in Brussels Monday evening for a routine two-day security and defence review which was overshadowed by the prospect of a reduced role of the U.S. in the wake of the election of Donald Trump as 45th USA president.

The EU has imposed sanctions on Russian Federation over its annexation of Crimea and destabilizing role elsewhere in Ukraine.

European Union ministers also agreed to consider setting up “permanent structured co-operation” in defence matters, a possibility under the Lisbon Treaty.

Members of Poland’s conservative ruling Law and Justice party believe bilateral ties will strengthen under Trump’s presidency.

Ms. Mogherini slammed British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s decision to sit out the meeting, linking it to Britain’s referendum vote in June to leave the 28-nation European Union, which has left London needing U.S. support for new trade deals.

“Donald Trump, as I’ve said before, is a dealmaker”, he said, warning: “You shouldn’t undermine the fundamental security architecture that’s looked after us for the last 70 years”.

“But Europe must not wait for others’ decisions, it must defend its own interests … at the same time reaffirming its strategic role on the global level”.

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