- ‘We Respond with One Voice’: French President Macron Talks Up Close Alliance with May and Merkel Amid Tensions with US Over Israel, Iran Nuclear Deal and Steel Tariffs
by JAMES TAPSFIELD, POLITICAL EDITOR FOR MAILONLINE, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/
* Emmanuel Macron talked up close alliance with Theresa May and Angela Merkel
* Said European leaders would respond with ‘one voice’ on key international issues
* Comments at Sofia summit came amid tensions with Trump in a range of areas
Emmanuel Macron heaped praise on his close links with Theresa May and Angela Merkel today – saying they would respond to global threats with ‘one voice’. The French president posted a picture of himself deep in conversation with his British and German counterparts at a summit in Sofia. Amid mounting tensions with the US over the Iran nuclear deal, Mr Macron said the leaders must ‘combine our strengths’.
The gathering in Bulgaria is expected to focus on the increasingly turbulent international situation.
The fallout from Donald Trump’s decision last week to abandon the Iran nuclear deal last week will loom large – as will his threat of tariffs on steel exports, and the decision to relocate the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
European Council president Donald Tusk launched an extraordinary attack on the US president last night, saying ‘with friends like these who needs enemies’. ‘Looking at latest decisions of @realDonaldTrump someone could even think: with friends like that who needs enemies,’ Mr Tusk tweeted. ‘But frankly, EU should be grateful. Thanks to him we got rid of all illusions. We realize that if you need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of your arm.’