The European Union confirmed this Friday that it is postponing trade negotiations with Australia for a month after the crisis was sparked by the AUKUS agreement signed by Canberra, Washington and London behind the back of the European bloc.
“We will postpone the next round of negotiations by a month. It is not the end of these negotiations, the talks always have substance and now there are many open points to negotiate,” confirmed the European Commission’s trade spokeswoman Miriam García in statements to Europa Press .
Brussels believes that postponing the negotiations originally planned for October by a month will give the parties time to better prepare for the next round. The decision comes after the diplomatic earthquake caused by the tripartite military alliance facing China in the Indo-Pacific, which will enable Australia to develop nuclear submarines.
The announcement of the AUKUS agreement surprised the EU with Paris as the main victim, as it would abruptly end a multi-million dollar contract with Canberra for the production of French-made submarines.
France led the European response to the Anglo-Saxon countries and even called for the postponement of the trade and technology council with the United States, which was finally organized in Pittsburgh last week. In a telephone conversation, French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Joe Biden agreed to discuss the controversy in person at the end of October.