Sunday, November 28, 2021

France lobbies for EU as US, UK and Australia lose confidence

BRUSSELS (AP) – France on Tuesday urged its European Union partners to consider whether to delay negotiations on a future trade deal with Australia about Paris, which the US, Australia and Britain There is a lack of trust emanating from a major defense deal between

French European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune said he would take up the trade deal and the security implications of the deal, known as AUKUS, at a meeting with his counterparts in Brussels, and France would ensure that the EU’s decision on it To be discussed in summits and ministerial meetings. Month.

The Indo-Pacific Security Agreement will see Australia cancel a multi-billion dollar contract to buy diesel-electric French submarines and acquire American nuclear-powered ships instead. The French government suggests it was betrayed by the deal, which follows elections in France in April.

“It’s a matter of faith,” Bunin told reporters. “When you make your point, it has some value between partners, between democracies, between partners and in this case the word was not respected … so certainly it would have created a breach of trust. Is.”

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“We have to persevere not as French but as Europeans, because it is a matter of how to work together as allies,” he said.

Asked whether France would halt trade talks with Australia, which have been going on since 2018, Bunin said, “This is one of the points that we should discuss together.”

The European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union, conducts trade negotiations based on mandates received from 27 member states. The Commission regularly informs countries of progress, but they may delay progress even though they are not directly involved.

However, any trade agreement must be unanimously endorsed, so individual countries have a veto.


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