The EU accuses Biden of “disloyalty” and “lack of transparency” after the alliance with Australia and the United Kingdom

The European Union indicted the US on Monday, accusing them of “disloyalty” and “lack of transparency” after signing a military alliance with Australia and the United Kingdom (AUKUS) for the Indo-Pacific without considering the Union. European, and that means breaking a trade treaty with France to develop submarines.

“The most important elements for an alliance are loyalty and transparency. We observe a clear lack of transparency and loyalty,” said Council President Charles Michel in the opinions on the alliance of Anglo-Saxon powers woven behind the back of the European bloc.

From New York, where he is attending the United Nations General Assembly, the Belgian politician has questioned President Joe Biden’s will to strengthen the multilateral system and the transatlantic alliance. “America is back with the Biden administration. But what does that mean? America is back in America or in other rooms? We don’t know, ”he added.

The EU accuses Biden of “disloyalty” and “lack of transparency” after the alliance with Australia and the United Kingdom
The EU accuses Biden of “disloyalty” and “lack of transparency” after the alliance with Australia and the United Kingdom

In addition, Charles Michel compares the character of Biden with that of his predecessor by pointing out that “at least” with Trump it is clear that “he is not in favor of European integration”.

This Monday, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, expressed her discomfort about Washington’s maneuvers together with London and Canberra and stressed in statements to CNN that “there are many unanswered questions to be answered”. The German Conservative defends France and points out that it has been treated “unacceptably”.

“We want to know what happened and why. First, clarify what happened before things get back to normal,” added the chairman of the community executive, without specifying the consequences Brussels is considering.

The European bloc was one of the international actors that most celebrated Biden’s arrival at the White House, knowing it was strengthening transatlantic relations and, following the ongoing tensions that marked the stage of Donald Trump, a favorable climate for the Could create multilateralism. However, the idyll threatens to be cut off after a number of differences of opinion, including Washington’s lack of cooperation on vaccines against the coronavirus, the fiasco in Afghanistan after it fell into the hands of the Taliban, or the signing of this pact with Australia and the UK is ousting the EU.

On the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, the European bloc gathered its foreign ministers in New York, where they could discuss the issues that will shape the assembly, with special mention of the AUKUS alliance.

In this context, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell has pointed out that the 27 have allied themselves with France, a Member State with which the 27 have shown their solidarity.

“It is not a bilateral issue, but affects the entire EU as a whole. It is not in line with the increased cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, which is our goal,” stressed Borrell, affecting relations with the United States or trade negotiations with Australia.

At an earlier meeting with Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, the head of European diplomacy regretted that the agreement “excludes European partners who have a strong presence in the Pacific”.

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