The United States, the United Kingdom and Australia did not tell the European Union that they were working on a new military alliance. The European Commission has asked the three countries to explain the security pact they concluded on Wednesday and is going to consult with the EU countries about the consequences.
The announcement of the pact hit Brussels like a bomb. The EU has recently also sought closer cooperation with Australia and other Pacific and Indian Ocean countries in order to respond to emerging China. Just a few hours before the announcement of the three countries, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen had outlined plans for this in her annual ‘speech to the throne’.
But the new Anglo-Saxon alliance ‘has no impact on relations ‘ with the US, the UK and Australia, the commission swears. ‘Whether it is foreign policy, trade or whatever.’
A commission spokesman does not want to answer questions about the consequences of this situation on Brussels ‘ confidence in Washington, London and Canberra. The EU has also already felt overwhelmed by other recent American steps, for example in the withdrawal from Afghanistan.