Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen has urged Europe to act independently of the US and its incumbent president in an interview with the German newspaper Welt, ONA reports.
When asked about “the headache” that the US president gives the EU, the Austrian politician, who was called the “conscience of Austria” by the interviewer, lashed out at Donald Trump for his withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and putting pressure on European businesses.
“US President Trump has pulled out from Iran's nuclear deal, which Washington had negotiated and co-ordinated for years, with no reason and subsequently banned European companies from doing business with Iran, threatening with grave sanctions. I think that this goes too far. The Europeans do not have to dance when Trump whistles. This also applies to other points of discord”, Van der Bellen said.