Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
Dutch Prime Minister Rutte calls the decision by United States President Trump to withdraw from the Iran deal “crap”. Rutte also recognizes himself in the sharp words of European Union President Donald Tusk about the United States.
Tusk said at the EU summit in the Bulgarian capital Sofia that “after the recent decisions of Donald Trump you can think that you do not need enemies with friends like that“. He also said that if Europe needs help now, then it can only rely on itself.
Prime Minister Rutte agrees.
Mark Rutte is the leader of the VVD party, one of the four party Dutch right-wing government coalition with a one MP majority in parliament. The VVD is traditionally the most pro Big Business, most slavishly pro NATO, most slavishly pro NATO governments’ wars (from the African colonial wars of then fascist Portugal in the 1960s, to Korea to Vietnam to Iraq 2003 to Libya 2011, etc) party in the Netherlands. If even the VVD now disagrees with Trump’s plan for war on Iran, that shows something.
The Trump administration has formally rejected calls from France, Germany and the UK, as well as the European Union, for a carve-out from US sanctions on Iran imposed as a result of the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal last May: here.
See also here.
US-EU on collision course: here.
Facing a deepening conflict with the United States, Berlin is massively upgrading its military capacity to enable Germany to use its armed forces to pursue its economic and geo-strategic interests around the world. Chancellor Angela Merkel and Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen made this clear on Monday at the Bundeswehr (Armed Forces) conference in Berlin: here.
US Secretary of State Pompeo presents war ultimatum to Iran: here.
The Trump administration further spelled out this week the draconian sanctions it intends to enforce on Iran. A senior State Department official told the media the US would take measures against any country that failed to reduce its oil imports from Iran to “zero” by November 4: here.
Europe and America clash over Washington’s economic war on Iran: here.
Keith Richards Urges People To ‘Get Rid Of Donald Trump’: here.