EU min­is­ters move on re­gional se­cu­rity, reaf­firm Iran deal

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>> Top EU diplo­mats called Mon­day for more ro­bust Euro­pean de­fense and a greater voice in world af­fairs as Don­ald Trump — whose iso­la­tion­ist, pro­tec­tion­ist prom­ises have wor­ried many in Europe — pre­pares to as­sume the U.S. presidency.

EU for­eign min­is­ters agreed at talks in Brussels on the need to strengthen Europe’s role in world af­fairs un­til the fu­ture of trans-At­lantic relations be­comes clearer.

The min­is­ters signed off on a sprawl­ing new se­cu­rity and de­fense plan. But the plan is a far cry from the idea of an “EU army” that was an­noy­ing some EU part­ners at NATO. It iden­ti­fies Europe’s main tasks as re­spond­ing to ex­ter­nal threats, build­ing the se­cu­rity re­silience of part­ners out­side the EU and pro­tect­ing the 28-na­tion bloc and its cit­i­zens.

In an­other move Mon­day, the min­is­ters reaf­firmed their sup­port for the Iran nu­clear agree­ment, which Trump has branded the “worst deal in the world” and vowed to rene­go­ti­ate.

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