U.S. wants to divide Europe
Europe is weathering another American attempt to pit western and eastern Europeans against one another, said Paul-Anton Krüger. We remember Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s snide remarks in 2003 about “old and new Europe.” Rumsfeld praised newer NATO members, such as Poland and the Czech Republic, for joining the “coalition of the willing” and siding with the U.S. on the Iraq War, and chastised the older members, such as France and Germany, for their opposition. Now the Trump administration is playing the same game with Iran. At a Warsaw conference on the Middle East last week, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence singled out Britain, France, and Germany for harsh criticism because they won’t renounce the 2015 Iran nuclear deal that President Trump unilaterally pulled the U.S. out of last year. These countries consider the pact, which allows trade with Iran in exchange for strict controls on Iran’s nuclear programs, vital to European security. It’s no accident that Pence made his inflammatory remarks in Poland, “where Euroskeptics rule.” It is a transparent attempt to revert to President George W. Bush’s “with us or against us” rhetoric. The European Union must take care that its members don’t make “separate deals” with Trump’s America.