European Union Council President Donald Tusk urged unity in EU in his remarks ahead of the EU-Western Balkans summit.

Tusk said a “united European front” is needed after US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. The deal is “good for European and global security” and should be maintained. And officials should also “protect European companies from negative consequences of the US decision.”

Regarding EU-US trade frictions, Tusk emphasized unity as “our greatest strength” and urged Europeans to “stick to our guns”. That is, a permanent exemption from the steel tariffs “if we are to discuss possible trade liberalisation with the US.”

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Tusk also named a new phenomenon of “capricious assertiveness of the American administration.” He pointed to latest decisions of Trump and noted “with friends like that who needs enemies.” And thanks to Trump,” Europeans have “got rid of all illusions”. And, ” if you need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of your arm. ”

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