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The U.S. downgrade and the EU

For the political Washington, it was a sad duty to date, as at the beginning of December was celebrated the funeral service for George Bush senior. Politicians, diplomats and journalists remembered the 41. US President who had not only driven by Germany's reunification, but also a friend of Europe.

all The more strange was it, as a dignitary in the National Cathedral: David O'Sullivan was treated, since 2014, the Ambassador of the European Union in Washington, had been invited, but was called up as a last. Actually, the Irish would have as 27. of about 150 diplomats should be presented. So it became clear that what had some fears: The government of Bush's successor, Donald Trump has downgraded the EU down and treated you as an international Organisation.

The step, first, the Deutsche Welle had reported, was taken in Brussels, horrified – and a little surprising. Because what Trump thinks about the EU, is well documented. "No one treats us worse", he shouted, first in October in a TV Interview.

And that a decision of the hated predecessor, can be reversed, is likely to have fallen Trumps faithful also: Barack Obama had and has, that since 2016, the EU Ambassador in just the same way is treated as the representatives of Nations. This is international practice, because with the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty in 2009, the EU has become the final player on the international stage and by the contract partner in the international climate treaties, and the Iran-nuclear deal.

rules changed – without informing the EU

The degradation of the EU-Ambassador, once again, shows how bad it is currently, to the transatlantic relationship. As a spokesperson for the EU high representative on Foreign Affairs Federica said Mogherini, has changed the Trump-government "recently" your Protocol rules – without having to notify the EU officially and have to call Details. Brussels'm "in contact" with the relevant Authorities and expect that "for years, the usual diplomatic practice will be adhered to", which relates to the treatment of EU diplomats.

rumors to the effect that the Status of the EU-Delegation had been corrected in Washington to protests from European capitals, does not want to confirm the speaker. It refers to ongoing discussions and the U.S. Department of state. From there, there is also no clarification because the press, because of the current budget "reduced" to be busy.

No sympathy and more at the White house

Whether the hope in Brussels is satisfied that the fickle Trump-government in the downgrade back again, remains open. Long ago, the Illusion is gone, Washington could enforce the understanding that the EU is currently 500 million citizens, is an important market for U.S. companies, and calls on trade to run issues in a more constructive, if the competent EU Commission will not be constantly offended.

Also, the fact that up to six States, all EU members of the military Alliance Nato members, not in this White house for more sympathy. EU diplomats and observers have not forgotten how, in December, US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo in Brussels, the EU are "the interests of the bureaucrats" is more important than those of its member States and citizens. The Trumps electoral victory, begun alienation on both sides of the Atlantic is likely to go in 2019. (Editorial Tamedia)

Created: 09.01.2019, 11:35 PM

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