European Union leaders say Trump worries them as rhetoric becomes policy

At a European Union (EU) summit in Malta on Friday, leaders of various countries of the EU expressed their reservations about United States president Donald Trump and said that he should not meddle in affairs of the EU.

"There was concern among the European Union 28 on some decisions being taken by the new USA administration and also some attitudes being adopted by the administration", he told a press conference after an informal summit of European Union leaders in Valletta, Malta this evening.

The summit wrapped up with leaders - minus Britain's May - discussing a major declaration on the EU's future that they plan to unveil at a summit in Rome in March marking the 60th anniversary of the bloc's founding treaty.

"I think the reception she's going to get in Malta is going to be pretty frosty", said John Springford of the Centre for European Reform.

Green Party member of the European Parliament and cofounder of Attac-Deutschland, Sven Giegold, said it is "right that the EU Commission is targeting the USA tax system".

The controversy blew up at the European Union summit in Malta after the Prime Minister said she would "change the basis of Britain's economic model" if she failed to get her way in the withdrawal negotiations.

This is the latest row between the EU and the US, after President Trump blamed Germany of manipulating the European currency earlier this week.

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European leaders used a summit in Malta on Friday to round on the billionaire Republican, warning fellow members over issues including corporation tax and his comments on EU matters.

One leading EU Parliamentarian said on Tuesday that the US President was using the United Kingdom as a Trojan horse to destroy the EU. "We must not imagine some sort of external protection", he added.

European Union will have to assume more responsibility and address problems alone amid a shift in US foreign policy under President Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday.

Her Brexit bill - authorizing her to start the negotiations to leave the European Union - has just passed its first stage in parliament and, after her recent warm reception by President Trump in Washington, she goes to Malta armed with his offer of a free-trade deal. She said that while Britain wants a strong relationship with the United States, it also wants to see a strong Europe.

Hollande urged European Union unity in face of the president of Trump's possible threat, because "who knows what the USA president really wants, particularly in relation to the Atlantic alliance and burden-sharing?"

"It's not acceptable for the worldwide community if America shirks responsibility. He said: "[Trump's] ban on Muslim countries is highly problematic. "I will not judge her on the choices she makes". But she added that there was also a "clear recognition" that Europe needs to step up its independent defense capability. But they never believed he was actively campaigning for the destruction of a political and economic union that has enjoyed bipartisan United States support ever since World War II.

  • Rita Burton