EU braces for 'more businesslike' ties with Trump's America

November 14, 2016 01:29


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BRUSSELS - The European Union must spend more on defense and uphold accords on climate change and Iran's nuclear programme, the bloc's foreign ministers said after mulling future ties with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, who has cast doubt on all three.

"We understand that there will be more American businesslike approach and therefore there should also be more Europe from our side," said Miroslav Lajcak, the foreign minister of Slovakia, which now holds the EU's rotating presidency.

"But no one has ever questioned the outcome of the election or our readiness to work with the United States," he said after a late Sunday meeting of the bloc.

During the election campaign, Trump suggested he would make U.S. security guarantees for its European allies conditional and has criticized both the international Paris agreement to fight climate change and the deal curbing Iran's nuclear program.

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