European Union heads discuss bold-or-fold strategy toward Trump tariffs

European Council President Donald Tusk spoke during a media conference prior to an EU-Western Balkans summit at the National Palace of Culture in Sofia Bulgaria on Wednesday

European Council President Donald Tusk spoke during a media conference prior to an EU-Western Balkans summit at the National Palace of Culture in Sofia Bulgaria on Wednesday

Their anti-Trump mood was reflected in a speech on Wednesday by Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, who denounced what he called the "capricious assertiveness of the American administration".

Avramopoulos indicated that the legislation being considered by the European Union would be straight-forward, outright making it illegal for European Union companies to comply with United States sanctions on Iran's nuclear program.

European countries are committed to guaranteeing the interests of European businesses in Iran after USA sanctions are imposed, Zaharieva said.

European powers are uniting to curb the effects of US sanctions on Iran.

Tusk told leaders over a late dinner on Wednesday (Thursday NZ Time) that the European Union will continue fighting for the rules-based worldwide system, despite recent United States decisions on climate change, tariffs and on Iran, according to an European Union official present.

Macron, voicing understanding for big companies anxious to protect their US sales, said France backed proposals by the European Commission to protect and compensate European companies that might be hit by USA sanctions for trading with Iran.

"The real geopolitical problem is when you have - not an unpredictable opponent or enemy - the problem is if your closest friend is unpredictable", Tusk said.

"We will begin the "blocking statute" process, which aims to neutralise the extraterritorial effects of USA sanctions in the EU".

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"If they can not do that, we are ready to take our nuclear programme to a level stronger than before the JCPOA", Ali Akbar Salehi said.

Since US President Donald Trump has pulled his country out of the Iran nuclear deal, will China join hands with European countries to reject Trump's renewed effort to isolate Iran? "We have pledged to take necessary political steps for our companies to stay in Iran". Donald Tusk, who chairs the summits, said on Wednesday EU unity was key.

It was also ready to "improve reciprocal market access, for industrial products, including amongst others cars, and liberalisation of public procurement".

"Which company is going to risk access to the U.S. market, which is 100 times larger", Ardavan Amir-Alsani, a Paris-based lawyer who specialises in Iran, said in an interview.

The veiled threats did not stop a London-based consortium of global companies striking a deal to develop an oilfield in Iran for 655 million barrels of oil in the southwestern Kernaj field.

"With the sanctions the Americans are to impose, you can't do business in Iran if you also have business in the USA, and we have that on a large scale", Skou told Reuters in an interview following the firm's first-quarter report.

"We've had a vibrant discussion on Iran". He slammed Trump's "capricious assertiveness" saying that the U.S. leader acted more like an enemy than a friend.

We already have three examples and all of them pertain to Asia - the continent with the most number of volatile regions - and Trump's actions in each of those have flouted all levels of normality in the diplomatic realm and putting universal peace at stake.

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