Relations between the EU and the United States reached a diplomatic scandal

Relations between the EU and the United States reached a diplomatic scandal

Relations between the European Union and the United States against the background of bilateral trade opposition and political disagreements on the position against Iran slipped to a diplomatic scandal. 

Accredited in Brussels journalists of the world media launched a squall of questions to the European Commission’s press service on Tuesday, calling on the executive branch of the European Union to assess the US decision to lower the EU’s status to an exclusively international organization. Washington did not even inform the European authorities about this. 

Under the previous US President Barack Obama, the European Union was also endowed with the status of a government that Brussels was unexpectedly deprived of by the administration of Donald Trump, following the protectionist approach and international opposition to the new White House master. 

“We are in contact with the services of the US administration to understand the consequences that this decision may have for the EU delegation in Washington,” said Maya Kosyancic, a representative of the EU diplomacy chief Federica Mogherini, on Tuesday. 

The European Union is a supranational institution to which countries – members of the community have transferred part of their political and economic powers. It has its own parliament, its own executive branch and a single currency, which distinguishes this community from other international organizations, such as the UN or NATO. 

“The decision is surprising and humiliating in relation to the EU. Relations between Washington today are more intense than ever”. 

In a recent interview with Politico, the US ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland, called this organization an archaic and obstructive European superstructure. According to him, the European Commission is “cut off from reality” and is engaged in regulating what does not need it and has not even happened yet, strangling economic growth and innovation. 

The pro-American head of the European Council, Donald Tusk, who, at the height of the US-EU trade confrontation, said in May 2018 that “With such friends, one needs no enemies”.

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