The European Union may reconsider its partnership with the United States against the background of the situation with the creation of AUKUS and tensions in France’s relations with the countries of the new association, European Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton said.
“Of course, there is a growing feeling in Europe that something is broken in our transatlantic relations. It is true that we are hearing some opinions in Europe that, probably, after what has happened over the past two months, it may be a good idea to reconsider everything that we are doing and our partnership,” Breton said in an interview with the Financial Times newspaper.
He commented on the situation, the newspaper reports after France decided to encourage Brussels to postpone the meeting of the EU-U.S. Council on Trade and Technology, as France is “angry” about the situation around submarines under the agreement of the U.S., Australia, and Britain. The meeting was to be held in the American city of Pittsburgh in September.
“There are many obvious things in this Council on the question of what we can give to the United States and will be able to give, but it may not always be clear what the United States can give us. I firmly believe in cooperation between the United States and Europe because we have many common interests. And if these common interests coincide with the interests of Europe, then why not? But this (partnership) should correspond to them, ” he said.