After giving support to France, European officials believe that the attitude of the Americans in the submarine affair is a “wake-up call” for the EU.
The Americans thought that the submarine crisis only penalized France. It is now all of Europe that feels cheated. Tuesday in Brussels the German Secretary of State for European Affairs, Michael Roth believes that this is a “wake-up call for everyone in the EU”.
“We have to ask ourselves the question on how to consolidate our sovereignty, how we can show more unity on the questions of foreign policy and security”, he declared on his arrival at a meeting of the ministers of the Businesses European.
The ambassadors of the 27 countries of the European Union even decided to postpone the preparatory discussions planned in Brussels for the first meeting, supposed to take place on September 29, of the newly created trade and technology council between the EU and the United States, reveals Reuters according to two European diplomats. This postponement would have been decided to protest against the trilateral strategic partnership with Australia and the United Kingdom at the expense of a Franco-Australian cooperation agreement.
Sovereign and autonomous
The French Secretary of State for European Affairs, Clément Beaune, welcomed Tuesday in Brussels the “full support” of the EU in the crisis between Paris and Washington, pleading for more sovereignty and autonomy of the Twenty-Seven.
“Support for France was extremely clear” during the meeting of European foreign ministers on Tuesday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, he said on his arrival for a meeting of ministers of affairs European.
“We must be more sovereign, more autonomous, more capable of defending our interests”, he advocated, after the crisis triggered by the Indo-Pacific alliance between Washington, London and Canberra, which led to the rupture by the Australia of a contract for the construction of submarines by France.
It is not a question of “a French subject” but of “a European subject”, he affirmed. “We are not in a nice, easy world, and Europeans must be firm and united,” added Clément Beaune.