In a rancorous speech the EU Commission chief accused the eurosceptic President of giving him the “cold shoulder” and ignoring the role of eurocrats in running European trade negotiations.
Mr Trump has openly stated previously that he prefers dealing bilaterally with countries on a one to one basis and is not a fan of overbearing supranational structures like the EU.
He reportedly pressed Angela Merkel for a swift trade deal during her trip to the White House earlier this year, prompting a bemused response from the German chancellor who replied that all agreements had to go through Brussels.
The billionaire tycoon has also been publicly keen on striking an economic pact with Britain, which will be able to forge its own trade policy for the first time in 45 years once it has left the EU.
Talking about Mr Trump’s attitude towards Europe, the EU chief said: “They say: ‘We do not want to negotiate with you as a European Union but with each member state separately’.
“We cannot allow individual [trade] agreements between the Americans and individual European countries to take place.”
Mr Juncker made his remarks about the US administration just hours after it emerged that it is likely to pull America out of the international Paris Agreement on climate change.
Members of the European Union Parliament are set to meet in the French city of Strasbourg this week to approve a report granting increased military responsibilities to the Common Security and Defense Policy.
A mutual defense clause, identical to NATO’s Article 5, will require all members to assist another member state in the event of an attack
n addition, the position of European Union Defense Minister will be created to oversee the combined military force, as well as a permanent headquarters staffed by civilian and military personnel.
The report directly mentions the “Brexit” vote in the United Kingdom as a justification for the creation of an EU army.
“At a time when public support for the EU is being called into question in some Member States, defence and security is an area where the individual and collective benefits of more Europe can be easily demonstrated, especially regarding the likely challenges to EU’s standing as a strategic actor following Brexit,” it says.
Labour legislator David Lammy says Thursday’s national vote was non-binding and “our sovereign Parliament needs to now vote on whether we should quit the EU.”
He says some “leave” supporters now regret their votes and Parliament should vote on Britain’s EU membership. He said “we can stop this madness and bring this nightmare to an end. … Let us not destroy our economy on the basis of lies and the hubris of (‘leave’ leader) Boris Johnson.”
Constitutional experts say Parliament cannot easily ignore the will of the people. Alan Renwick, deputy director of University College London’s Constitution Unit, says “in legal theory that is possible. In practice, that is absolutely not possible.”
Paul Joseph Watson breaks down how the EU will blame everything that goes wrong with the UK on Brexit.
EU regulations are becoming so invasive that the unelected bureaucracy even tries to control the volume at which European citizens can listen to music on their iPhone.
Political commentator Old Holborn drew attention to the little-known issue earlier today, sardonically tweeting, “The EU is not intrusive in the minutiae of our daily lives.”
Viewing the “music” option in the settings of an iPhone sold in the European Union leads to an “EU Volume Limit” that encourages users to set the volume “to the European Union recommended level.”
The setting is derived from a 2008 European Commission directive that led to the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation demanding that all phones and personal music players sold in the EU had a default sound limit of 85dB.
“The user can choose to override the limit so that the sound level can be increased up to maximum 100dB. If the user overrides the limit, warnings about the risks must be repeated every 20 hours of listening time,” reports BBC News.
Ex-CIA director David Petraeus warned British voters today that leaving the EU would do nothing to protect them from future terrorist attacks.
In the wake of the Brussels attack last week – the second deadly terrorist atrocity to hit a European capital within five months – the retired four-star US general said it would be the worst time for Britain and the EU if voters opted to leave in June’s referendum.
General Petraeus, who led US and Nato forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, said it would ‘deal a significant blow to the EU’s strength and resilience at exactly the moment when the West is under attack from multiple directions’.
His comments directly contradict his fellow ex-CIA director General Michael Hayden, who said on Friday that Britain’s national security will not be harmed if it leaves the EU.
He said membership of the 28-state bloc ‘in some ways gets in the way of the state providing security for its own citizens’ and dismissed claims by In campaigners that the UK would lose out from shared intelligence if it voted to leave.
And he warned that the UK should not rely on the poor intelligence services of many EU member states such as Belgium, whose authorities failed to stop home-grown terrorists kill 31 people last week.
National security matters have taken an increasingly important role in the EU debate this week following the deadly attacks in Brussels and spy chiefs are split over whether leaving the 28-state bloc would damage or benefit Britain’s national security.
General Hayden is among a number of former spy chiefs, including former Mi6 chief Sir Richard Dearlove, who have backed Britain leaving the EU, insisting it would not damage national security and would bring benefits for Britain’s security agencies