EU ministers move on regional security, reaffirm Iran deal
>> 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.