EU Leaders Monitor Ongoing U.S. Election

  • The EU is ready for a coherent and lasting partnership with the United States "based on shared values ​​and history."
  • Many MEPs reacted harshly to Trump's declarations of victory.
  • "It is clear" that the Americans have re-elected Trump, said Slovenian Prime Minister  Janez Jansa, a pro-Trump supporter in the European Union.

Among those watching the outcome of the US election are European Union politicians. The relationship between the United States and the EU has been tense for the past four years, and there is hope for a better outlook “based on shared values ​​and history.” That’s according to the EU’s Foreign Minister, Josep Borrell.

Donald Trump, US president

EU member states disagree on many issues, but when it comes to relations with the United States during Donald Trump’s presidency, most agree and regret what has happened in the last four years. They hope that the outlook relationships are better than the current situation.

Joseph Borrell’s reaction to the US presidential election on November 3 can be seen in this context. He wrote in a tweet on Wednesday morning that the European Union is ready for a coherent and lasting partnership with the United States “based on shared values ​​and history.”

The former Spanish foreign minister is well aware that if Donald Trump wins the election, the European Union will side with the president for the next four years, whose behavior is in many cases unpredictable.

The Position of European Politicians

After Trump declared himself the winner of the election before the full count, a spokesman for the European Commission in Brussels said the EU would take a position on the outcome of the election once the counting has been completed and the result has been officially announced.

“He is lying,” Radoslaw Sikorski, a member of the European Parliament, told reporters about Trump’s claim of victory in the election. The former Polish foreign minister is currently chairing a parliamentary group dealing with relations with the United States.

He said he could not use the terms that are common in diplomatic practice and say that Europe works well with any president. He also stressed that Trump is unreliable, his behavior is unpredictable and he is “incompetent in foreign policy.”

Trade War

Reinhard Boutichofer, the Green Party’s foreign policy expert in the European Parliament, also reacted sharply to Trump’s claim of early election victory.

He called Trump’s announcement of victory and his threat to use the Supreme Court of the United States to prevent the counting of ballots an “unprecedented attack on American democracy,” and called on “influential Republicans” in the United States to oppose Trump’s “subversive activities.”

Former Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskait also told reporters that developments were moving in an “ugly direction.” She worries about a deeper rift in US society, and that Trump will be “unpredictable” in his second term.  Ms. Grybauskaite warned that if Trump wins, there could be an “economic war” with punitive tariffs in the next four years.

US President Donald Trump with EU leaders

Rasmus Andersen, Green Member of the European Parliament, described Trump’s approach as a chapter in the “Populism textbook.”

Support for Trump

“It is clear” that the Americans have re-elected Trump, said Slovenian Prime Minister  Janez Jansa, a pro-Trump supporter in the European Union.

The conservative European politician thinks and acts like Trump in many ways. He is skeptical of man-made climate change and advocates carrying American-style weapons.

French Finance Minister Bruno Lumière is calmer about the US presidential election. “In recent years, the United States has no longer been a good ally to Europe,” he told Radio Classic France, stressing that Europeans should not deceive themselves.

“This strategic reality will not change, whether Joe Biden is elected or Donald Trump.” According to him, “the American continent is separated from the European continent.”

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Benedict Kasigara

I have been working as a freelance editor/writer since 2006. My specialist subject is film and television having worked for over 10 years from 2005 during which time I was the editor of the BFI Film and Television.

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